Registered “Raffles” mark UNregistered “Raffles Fine Arts Auctioneers” mark
The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) recently decided on a trademark invalidation case. On 30 April 2003, applications to invalidate a registered “Raffles” word mark in Class 35 (for secretarial services, book keeping services and business management consultancy) and Class 36 (for financial consultancy) were filed by Raffles Fine Arts Auctioneers Pte. Ltd. (“the Applicant”) on the grounds that they owned prior rights to the unregistered marks “Raffles” and “Raffles Fine Arts” used for business consultancy and financial solutions, and that the use of the registered “Raffles” mark by the registered owners, Raffles Corporate Consultants Pte. Ltd. amounted to passing off.