Habib Bank Limited v. Habib Bank AG Zurich

Habib Bank Limited appealed a decision of the Registrar of Trade-marks dismissing its opposition to the registration of Habib Bank AG Zurich’s trade-marks. The parties were related at one point, but have since become separate entities, competing internationally in many of the same markets. The Federal Court held that the decision is to be reviewed on a standard of reasonableness, and considered the issues of confusion due to prior use and distinctiveness. The Federal Court then upheld the dismissal.