In Savanagh Securities Limited v Cumann Lúthchleas Gael, the hearing officer, acting for the controller, has rejected the application by Savanagh Securities Limited (the applicant) for a declaration of invalidity of the mark GAA, and held that the registration of the mark was not contrary to Sections 8(3)(a) (contrary to public policy) and 8(3)(b) (deceiving the public) of the Trademarks Act 1996. The applicant claimed that the registration of this mark offended Section 7 of the act (a registered trademark is a property right) because the proprietor of the mark, the Cumann Lúthchleas Gael (known as the GAA), is an unincorporated association and cannot hold or own property in its own name.

Want to read more?

Register to access two of our subscriber only articles per month

Subscribe for unlimited access to articles, in-depth analysis and research from the World Trademark Review experts

Already registered? Log in

What our customers are saying

World Trademark Review, and particularly the WTR 1000, are always very useful sources for obtaining impressions and detailed information about foreign colleagues, law firms and jurisdictions. Our whole trademark team benefits from articles published in World Trademark Review.

Christian R Thomas
Attorney at law, legal and trademark department
KUHNEN & WACKER Intellectual Property Law Firm


Subscribe to World Trademark Review to receive access to the full range of trademark intelligence, insight, and case law, as well as our guides, rankings and daily market insight delivered to your inbox.

Why subscribe?

Share this article