Our client, Ducati Motor Holding S.pA, is the legal owner of the registered trademark “Ducati” in Iran, covered under in the classes 3, 9, 18, 25, and 28 since October 1996.
It came to the attention of our watch department that an application for DUCATI in classes 7, 9, 12, and 35 was filed in Iran under the name of “Mr. Abbas Shah-abadi” and published in the Official Gazette opening the opposition period.
On behalf of our client, we filed an opposition based on the following:
- Similarity between the marks;
- Prior registration of DUCATI by our client in classes 3, 9, 18, 25 and 28, and
- Allowing the registration of DUCATI contradicts local Trademarks law and international conventions.
Taking the above into consideration, the Registrar in the Iranian Trademark Office has ruled in favour of our client, and removed the alleged mark from its registry.
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