OPPOSITION Nо B 2 564 329
World Wide Licenses Limited, Ste D 16/F On Hing Bldg, 1 On Hing Terr., Central, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, (opponent), represented by Ladas & Parry LLP, Temple Chambers, 3-7 Temple Avenue, EC4Y 0DA London, United Kingdom (professional representative)
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Harman International Industries, Inc., 8500 Balboa Blvd., 91329 Northridge, United States of America (applicant), represented by Boult Wade, S.L., Avda. de Europa, 26 Edif. Ática 5, Planta 2, 28224 Pozuelo de Alarcón (Madrid), Spain (professional representative).
On 04/11/2020, the Opposition Division takes the following
Opposition No B 2 564 329 is rejected in its entirety.
The opponent bears the costs, fixed at EUR 300.
The opponent filed an opposition against some of the goods of European Union trade mark application No 13 542 501 IONROAD (word mark), namely against all the goods in Class 9. The opposition is based on European Union trade mark registration No 2 864 809 (figurative mark). The opponent invoked Article 8(1)(b) EUTMR.
PROOF OF USE
In accordance with Article 42(2) and (3) EUTMR (in the version in force at the time of filing of the opposition, now Article 47(2) and (3) EUTMR), if the applicant so requests, the opponent must furnish proof that, during the five-year period preceding the date of publication of the contested trade mark, the earlier trade mark has been put to genuine use in the territories in which it is protected in connection with the goods or services for which it is registered and which the opponent cites as justification for its opposition, or that there are proper reasons for non-use. The earlier mark is subject to the use obligation if, at that date, it has been registered for at least five years.
The same provision states that, in the absence of such proof, the opposition will be rejected.
The request was filed in due time and is admissible given that the earlier trade mark was registered more than five years prior to the relevant date mentioned above.
On 07/01/2020, the opponent was given two months to file the requested proof of use. This time limit was extended and expired on 12/07/2020.
Therefore, the opposition must be rejected pursuant to Article 47(2) EUTMR and Article 10(2) EUTMDR.
According to Article 109(1) EUTMR, the losing party in opposition proceedings must bear the fees and costs incurred by the other party.
Since the opponent is the losing party, it must bear the costs incurred by the applicant in the course of these proceedings.
According to Article 109(7) EUTMR and Article 18(1)(c)(i) EUTMIR (former Rule 94(3) and Rule 94(7)(d)(ii) EUTMIR, in force before 01/10/2017), the costs to be paid to the applicant are the costs of representation, which are to be fixed on the basis of the maximum rate set therein.
The Opposition Division
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.