Thursday, November 14, 2013

Gucci Lost Opposition

In a recent turn of events, Gucci an Italian fashion and leather goods brand has opposed a UK trademark application for a device mark claiming it to be similar to their famous GG logo. But the registrar ruled that the said device mark lacks resemblance to the GG logo and the mark does not conflict Section 5(3) (of UK Trademark Act) for protectionof well-known marks. The applicant’s device mark was also applicable to similar goods such as clothing line etc.

 Courtesy: Gucci accessories,

Gucci has registered its GG logo via Community Trade Mark registration in EU and UK. In UK it is a registered mark for over 50 years which was described as two G’s facing each other creating a symmetric mirror image. The basis of opposition by Gucci was based on this description. But the registrar disagreed on Gucci’s claim stating that the applicant’s device was more analogous to ‘human torso’. He also argued that the consumers will pay more attention to the device per se and the perception to the similarity of the marks will be little.

Although Gucci provided many evidences to prove its point, registrar stated that the Gucci has failed to prove that Gucci’s device mark has brought a significant distinction to their brand and products upon use. This led to Gucci’s unfortunate loss in the case.

So the question here is how much is too much? What amount of similarity between the device marks makes them similar and deceptive? Although, it is also important to note that Gucci has been changing its GG logo for the purpose of rebranding and advertising, so will a differently arranged  double ‘G’ applied for the similar kind goods create confusion among consumers as a rebranded Gucci’s logo? Perhaps this question can be best answered by the consumers themselves.

Authored by Sai Ratna Manjari

Posted By Aurobinda Panda

For Biswajit Sarkar – Advocates – IP Attorney