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RIYADH – On 10 June 2017, we filed a trademark application on behalf of our client, Cinkciarz.pl Sp. z o.o., for “Conotoxia” in Saudi Arabia in class 36. The application was assigned number 1438021233, and then published in the Official Gazette on 22 June 2017 subject to the opposition period of 60 days.
Mastercard Incorporated, filed an opposition against our client’s application under the following basis:
- Similarity between the marks in terms of general appearance;
- “Cirrus” has prior registrations worldwide including Saudi Arabia;
- Allowing the registration of “Conotoxia” contradicts the Trademark Law in Saudi Arabia and International Conventions, will mislead the public and will confuse the customers about the origins of the services provided under this brand.
We submitted our counter statement evidencing the lack of similarity in pronunciation and appearance between the two marks.
The Examiner accepted our counter statement and issued a decision to reject the opposition raised by Mastercard Incorporated and allowed the application for Conotoxia to register.
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