|OUR CLIENT’S MARK||OPPONENT’S REGISTERED MARK|
SANA’A – On 8 November 2016, we filed a trademark application on behalf of our client, I.J. Tobacco Industry FZE, for IJTI- I. J. TOBACCO INDUSTRY in Yemen in class 34. The application was assigned number 76722, and then published in the Yemeni Official Gazette on 25 March 2017.
Japan Tobacco Inc., filed an opposition against our client’s application under the basis of similarity with their registered trademark JTI in Yemen number 15031.
We submitted a counter statement based on the following:
- Lack of definite similarity between both marks;
- Our client’s mark uses their commercial name as their brand, therefore, the mark IJTI is protected as per the articles of law;
- Worldwide registration of our client’s mark, and
- Our client’s mark, IJTI, has been accepted and registered in the opponent’s home country of Japan.
The Examiner accepted our counter statement and issued a decision to reject the opposition raised by Japan Tobacco Inc. and allowed the application for IJTI- I. J. TOBACCO INDUSTRY number 76722 to register.
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