Limor Topaz of Zohar Publishing House attempted to obtain a trademark registration for Zohar Publishing House in Hebrew and English.
The trademark application number TM 226972 is for and covers Publishing; editing; wording; formulation; writing; rewriting; design; translation; printing house; distribution; advertising; agency; media; education and training; all included in class 41.
The application was refused, and the applicant appealed and was granted a hearing on 29 April 2013, but did not turn up. Patent Office clerks managed to contact her afterwards but no explanation was forthcoming. The Deputy Commissioner, Ms Jaqueline Bracha has therefore announced that she will rule on the appeal based on the material in the file wrapper.
Generously, she decided not to award costs.
This is a typical example of someone trying to obtain IP rights without professional representation. We suspect that missing the hearing is unlikely to prejudice the adjudicator to reverse the decision.