Ruling Real Legal Expenses Rather than Rough Estimate

Fin. Ing. S.R.L. and “Reporter” Spolka z organiczona odpiowiedzialnoscia have a long running battle regarding various trademarks for “Reporter”.

Reporter Spolka filed opposition proceeding against Fin. Ing.’s mark number 207810, but eventually withdrew. The applicant filed for costs, producing receipts that showed that legal fees of NIS 20,197 were incurred for 22 hours work over eight months, and including 5 series of papers being filed.

The Deputy Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks acknowledged that the invoices submitted were supported by an affidavit, but held that they were not sufficiently detailed. Consequently, he preferred to rule sums of NIS 7,500, in accordance with general patent office practice and on assessing the good faith or lack of it displayed by the parties, how far the case had advanced, and similar issues.

Case: Opposition to TM 207810 for Reporter, to Fin. Ing. S.R.I. Ruling on costs



Categories: Israel Patent Office Rulings, Israel Trademark, trademarks

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