From the most recent email circular of NJQ & Associates comes news of a recent trade mark opposition from Morocco. In essence, on 23 March 2012 a local company called Biljar El Houssine applied to register as a trade mark the word mark VIENETTA SECRET for goods in Class 25. The application was speedily published for opposition on 12 April 2012. During the two-month window for the filing of oppositions, Turkish manufacturer Suleyman Giyim Sanayi Ve Ticaret Limited filed an opposition on the following grounds:
• the applied-for mark was similar to the opponent's VIENETTA SECRET mark, which had been registered in Morocco for goods in Classes 24, 25, and 35 since March 2011;After full litigation, including the consideration of the facts mentioned above, the trade mark Registrar issued his decision to uphold the opposition and refuse registration.
• the mark VIENETTA SECRET had been registered in the opponent's country of origin (i.e. Turkey) since 2006 and
• the applied-for mark was an exact replica of the opponent's trade mark in terms of pronunciation, spelling and general appearance.
NJQ & Associates represented the successful opponent in these proceedings.