IAR CASE SUMMARY TEMPLATE
|Subject Heading:||I.D.1. Similarity of Marks|
|Case Name and Citation:||LINENS – TAÇ LINEN & CLEAN LINEN
Docket No: 2010/200
Decision No: 2010/423
Decision Date: 11.10.2010
|Plaintiff:||Zorluteks Tekstil Tic. Ve San. A.S.|
|Defendant:||1-) SC Johnson & Son Inc.
2-) Turkish Patent Institute
|Marks Associated with Goods/Services:||
The plaintiff’s trademarks are registered in Classes 23, 24, 25 and 26. The defendant SC Johnson Son Inc. trademark application covers the goods under Classes 04 and 05.
|Type of Action:||
Cancellation action against the refusal decision of the Higher Council regarding the opposition filed by the plaintiff against the publication of the first defendant’s trademark application on the basis of likelihood of confusion.
The Turkish Patent Trademark Department has rejected the opposition of the Plaintiff filed against the first Defendant’s trademark application on the basis of likelihood of confusion and the notoriety of the prior trademarks thereof. Afterwards the Plaintiff has filed an objection against the refusal decision of TPI before the Higher Council (second Defendant) and the Higher Counsel has followed the decision of the Trademark Department on the grounds that even if the trademarks TAC LINEN – LINENS / CLEAN LINEN seem similar, the similarity between the trademarks would not raise any confusion before the consumers by the virtue of the covered goods and the scope of businesses of the owners, which are quite different.
|Overview of Decision and Ruling:||
The Court has followed up the decision of the Higher Council and motivated in his decision that; the trademarks are not confusingly similar by putting forward that;
|Importance of Case:||
This decision is important because it establishes that the likelihood of confusion should be evaluated especially in respect of the similarity between the covered goods rather than the similarity between the trademarks despite the notoriety of the prior trademarks considering the weak character of LINEN indication in respect of the classes 24 and 25.
|Contributing Firm:||Deris Trademarks Agency|