Our client, The Absolut Company Aktiebolag, is the legal owner of the Trademarks “ABSOLUT” and “ABSOLUT Country of Sweden KURANT”, registered in Sweden and in Bahrain in class 34.
Through our watch service, we alerted our client that a similar application for “ABSOLUTE” was filed in Bahrain by a Swiss trader on 14 April 2015 under the number 1249326 and was published on 29 October 2015. So we filed an opposition against said application based on the following:
- Our client’s marks are well-known worldwide;
- Similarity between the infringed mark and the original marks in terms of pronunciation and spelling, and
- Prior registration and use of the mark ABSOLUT by our client in the home country and abroad.
The applicant of the opposed mark failed to respond to the opposition within the legal time frame as specified by Bahrain Trademark Law. Accordingly, the local Trademark Office considered the opposed mark as abandoned.
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