MOEA on July 2nd, 2015 sustained TIPO's rejection for registration of the applied-for mark "IPO" for the goods "abrasive preparations, sandpaper, emery cloths, polishing cloths, etc." in Class 3. MOEA indicated that Article 30-(1)-4 of the Trademark Act provides that "an applied-for mark shall not be registered if it is identical or similar to a Taiwanese government agency’s mark". The government agencies’ marks identify the services provided by the authorities, and should be respected to ensure the dignity and transcendence thereof. Whether the applied-for mark may likely cause confusion to the consumers is not a factor to be considered when examining the applicability of said Article. The applied-for mark "IPO" is extremely similar in appearance to TIPO's "TIPO" mark and therefore should not be registered in accordance with said Article.
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