Plantronics opposes Accel Telecom’s request for Israel Trademark No. 251612 for the word “Voyager”.
The mark is directed to Fixed car phones and connected smart car phones; all included in class 9, and to Telecommunication services, namely, providing electronic telecommunication connections, namely, providing voice and data wireless communications connections to enable users to transmit, reproduce, receive, access, search, index and retrieve data namely, images, sounds, text, movies and animations between mobile communication devices and computer communication networks, the Internet, information services networks and data networks; Telecommunication services, namely, telecommunication access services, communication by means of mobile phones, cellular telephone communication, mobile telephone services; all included in class 38.
Plantronics also uses the trademark Voyager for telecommunications equipment, hence the opposition.
As reported earlier, here and here, the parties managed to come to an understanding and worked out a coexistence agreement. However, the Israel Patent and Trademark Office were not prepared to accept the coexistence agreement as they considered that the public could still be confused as to the source of goods covered by the mark.
At this stage Accel have to provide evidence, but have asked for the Opposition to be suspended pending hearing of an appeal. Their deadline for filing evidence was originally in September, but has been extended to 27 November 2014. Now Ms Shoshani Caspi has given them a further six month extension provided the fees are paid within 5 days.