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Intellectual Property Office of Singapore Case Summary: Guess?, Inc v Jen, Chi [2019] SGIPOS 3

Issued: March 04 2019

Guess?, Inc, the Opponent, opposed the registration of:

sought to be registered by Jen Chi, (the “Applicant”) for the following goods in Class 25:

Shirts; T-shirts; clothing; skirts; pants; raincoats; boots; shoes; bandanas (neckerchiefs); ties (for wear); hats; socks; gloves (clothing); belts (clothing); coats; aprons (clothing); sleep mask.

One of the main grounds of opposition was Section 8(2)(b) of the Trade Marks Act (Cap 332, 2005 Rev Ed). The Opponent relied on its following earlier marks, amongst others:

S/N Opponent’s Earlier Marks

Opponent’s Earlier Registered Device Mark

Class 25

Articles of outer-clothing; vests; underpants and footwear being articles of clothing


Opponent’s Earlier Registered GUESS Mark

Class 25

Men's, women's and children's outerwear and underwear, jeans, shirts, jackets, vests, pants, sweaters, jumpsuits, shorts, hats, overalls, dresses, skirts, sweatshirts, t-shirts, sweatpants, neckties, brassieres, camisoles, bathing suits, sport coats, suits, robes, pyjamas, belts, briefs, coats, leotards, hosiery, gloves, pantyhose, scarves, ponchos, slips, sun visors, tights and footwear.



To succeed under section 8(2)(b), the Opponent must establish (among other things) that the Application Mark is similar to the Opponent’s earlier marks. As the Registrar found that the Application Mark is more dissimilar than similar to each of the Opponent’s earlier marks, the opposition under section 8(2)(b) failed.

In view of the finding of dissimilarity, the ground of objection under section 8(4)(b)(i) also failed since one of the elements that must be satisfied is that "the whole or essential part of the trade mark must be identical or similar to an earlier mark". The Registrar was however prepared to hold that the Opponent’s Earlier Registered GUESS Mark is well known in Singapore.



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