ARROW RESEARCH CORPORATION PTY LTD V KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKYO TORIHIKISHO (TOKYO STOCK EXCHANGE INC.) [2014] ATMO 97

Tokyo Stock Exchange applied to restrict Arrow Research’s ARROWNET registration from ‘computer software’ to ‘computer software excluding computer software for trading financial instruments’. Arrow Research opposed the non-use restriction of its registration.

Evidence led by both parties left the Hearing Office in no doubt that whilst Arrow Research had the requisite intention to use its ARROWNET trade mark at the time of filing, this intention never matured into actual goods being offered. It was found, therefore, that despite there being numerous promotions of the ARROWNET trade mark, the lack of goods being genuinely offered under the trade mark meant that no use could have occurred during the relevant period.

The non-use removal action was successful and the ARROWNET registration limited.

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