|OUR CLIENT’S MARK||OPPONENT’S REGISTERED MARK|
RIYADH – On 25 February 2017, we filed a trademark application on behalf of our client for the mark “Safya” in Saudi Arabia in class 29. The application was assigned serial number 1438012377, and was then published in the Official Gazette on 23 March 2017.
BRF Singapore Foods PTE, LTD filed an opposition against our client’s application based on alleged similarities with their registered trademark Sadia in class 29, 30, and 35, and prior registration on a worldwide scale.
We submitted a counter statement based on the following:
- Lack of definite similarities between the marks in terms of design and pronunciation;
- Safya has an International Registration as well as a home country registration (Turkey) since 2006;
- Prior use of Safya by our client in Saudi Arabia, and
- The Examiners in the Saudi Arabia Trademark Office did not issue any rejection based on similarity with a prior registered mark, i.e. Sadia.
The Examiner accepted our counter statement and issued a decision rejecting the opposition raised by BRF Singapore Foods PTE, LTD and allowed the application for Safya to register.
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