Boult Wade Tennant's Luke Portnow published in May's ITMA Review

Press Release ( - LONDON - May 11, 2016 - Trade Mark Attorney Luke Portnow has been published in the May 2016 edition of the ITMA Review.

Luke comments on the decision for an appeal up to the Appointed Person of a UK IPO opposition. The Royal Academy of Arts had filed to register the plain word mark RA, claiming goods and services spanning many classes, and was opposed by Erreà Sport SpA (Erreà) based on an earlier stylised European Union Trade Mark comprising the identical word mark RA, which covered many similar and identical specification terms. The Hearing Officer’s surprising decision was, however, that the opposition was to be rejected in its entirety.

Of interest to trade mark applicants are two key take-away points. First, significant stylisation in an earlier mark can lead to a finding of no likelihood of confusion even when the later filed mark comprises an identical word or letter element and claims identical goods and services. Second, any arguments submitted at such IPO proceedings, however worthy, should always be set out in advance under the Appeal’s supporting Statement of Grounds.

Our highly regarded Trade Mark and Domain Names Group can offer further guidance on the application and protection of trade marks. Our trade mark attorneys assist clients in the selection, protection, management, and enforcement of trade marks, in domain name disputes, brand strategy and with the protection and enforcement of designs and advice in connection with copyright and other IP-related areas. The Group is regularly instructed in a number of high value, potentially high-profile and ground breaking cases, in the trade mark infringement and passing-off fields. Our attorneys are experienced in partnering and working as part of a team with solicitors and barristers in connection with such matters before the UK, EU and foreign courts including the UK High Court, the General Court (formerly the Court of First Instance (CFI)) and the European Court of Justice (ECJ).

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This article was first published in the May 2016 issue of the ITMA Review, the journal of the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA). For more information on ITMA, please visit

Boult Wade Tennant is a specialist Patent and Trade Mark firm. We exist to help individuals and businesses protect, manage and enforce their intellectual property rights on a global scale.

Our aim is simple – we aim to work with our clients, not just for them. This means we place emphasis not only on the quality of our work but also on the quality of the service we provide. Our award winning approach is down-to-earth and jargon-free. Our attorneys are renowned for being committed to helping our clients succeed and for providing a service that is focussed and aligned with our clients’ commercial objectives.

With a pioneering heritage stretching back to 1894, we combine technical and legal expertise to provide comprehensive advice whatever the technological or commercial area of interest. Our services cover the full range of your intellectual property requirements; from filing and prosecuting Patent and Trade Mark applications to the managing of large and complex portfolios; from advocacy at Opposition and Appeal hearings to due diligence work and the provision of opinions. In addition, we also offer an in-house search and watching facility, a full renewals service and a dedicated department for validating European Patents.

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