Red Bull, the energy drink supplier, has sprouted wings and flew away with a victory after successfully opposing a BBQ namesake.
The initial application filed was for ÂRed Bull BBQ GrillsÂ in respect of class 11 for barbeque smokers and grillsÂ by UK based CokkinPellets. The mark itself was a logo which also included an image of a bullÂs head.
Red Bull filed an opposition against the application, citing two marks. The first mark was the image of two bulls fighting beneath the words ÂRed BullÂ, and the second mark a word mark for Âred bullÂ.
The opposition claimed that the marks were substantially similar and likely to cause consumer confusion.
Considering the opposition, the UKIPO consider the different levels of similarity between the marks. Heather Harrison, acting on behalf of the IPO, firstly highlight that while the bull images were quite different, there was a medium level of visual similarity.
In respect of aural similarity, she highlighted the lack of distinctive character of the term ÂBBQ GrillsÂ therefore ruled there was at least a medium level of aural similarity, which could increase to aurally identical if the non-distinctive elements are not vocalised by the public, which is likely.
She also ruled the marks were conceptually identical or highly similar.
Coupling this with the fact that Red BullÂs marks are registered in respect of Âapparatus for cookingÂ, Heather Harrison ruled there was indirect confusion and therefore awarded Red Bull success in the opposition and an award of Â£1300.00