OPPOSITION Nо B 1 886 624


Trilogy Communications Limited, 26 Focus Way, Andover SP10 5NY, United Kingdom and Trilogy Communications Holdings Limited, 26 Focus Way, Andover SP10 5NY, United Kingdom (opponents), represented by Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, 5 Fleet Place, London EC4M 7RD, United Kingdom (professional representative)


a g a i n s t


Trilogy Communications Inc., 2910 Highway 80 East, 39208 Pearl, United States of America (applicant), represented by Locke Lord LLP, Marsveldplein 5, 1050 Brussels, Belgium (professional representative).

On 08/02/2021, the Opposition Division takes the following



Opposition No B 1 886 624 is rejected in its entirety.



Each party bears its own costs.


The opponent filed an opposition against some of the goods and services of European Union trade mark application No 9 677 618 ‘TRILOGY’ (word mark), namely against all the goods and services in Classes 9, 37, 38 and 42. The opposition is based on United Kingdom trade mark registration No 2 554 766, ‘TRILOGY’ and United Kingdom non-registered trade marks ‘TRILOGY’ (word mark) and (figurative mark). The opponent invoked Article 8(1)(a) and (b), 8(4) and 8(5) EUTMR.

On 01/02/2020, the United Kingdom (UK) withdrew from the European Union (EU) subject to a transition period until 31/12/2020. During this transition period, EU law remained applicable in the UK. As from 01/01/2021, UK rights ceased ex-lege to be earlier rights protected ‘in a Member State’ for the purposes of proceedings based on relative grounds. The conditions for applying Article 8(1), (4) and (5) EUTMR, worded in the present tense, must also be fulfilled at the time of taking the decision.

As the opposition no longer has a valid basis, it must be dismissed.


According to Article 109(1) EUTMR, the losing party in opposition proceedings must bear the fees and costs incurred by the other party. According to Article 109(3) EUTMR, where each party succeeds on some heads and fails on others, or if reasons of equity so dictate, the Opposition Division will decide a different apportionment of costs.


As the termination of the proceedings is due to exceptional statutory reasons not attributable to any of the parties, it is equitable that each party bears its own costs.




The Opposition Division




Claudia SCHLIE




According to Article 67 EUTMR, any party adversely affected by this decision has a right to appeal against this decision. According to Article 68 EUTMR, notice of appeal must be filed in writing at the Office within two months of the date of notification of this decision. It must be filed in the language of the proceedings in which the decision subject to appeal was taken. Furthermore, a written statement of the grounds for appeal must be filed within four months of the same date. The notice of appeal will be deemed to have been filed only when the appeal fee of EUR 720 has been paid.

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