IMPORTANT – LEGAL DISCLOSURE
In the action brought by the educational charity NOCN (formerly National Open College Network) in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (‘IPEC’) against the educational charity, OCN Credit4Learning, to prevent the latter from using the acronym OCN, the name OCN Credit4Learning, its domain name ocncredit4learning.com and a specific logo (the ‘Defendant’s Logo’), the Court determined that:
(a) NOCN’s registration of the acronym OCN as a trade mark is invalid;
(b) OCN Credit4Learning is entitled to use the acronym OCN (including ‘ocn’ in lower case), the name OCN Credit4Learning and its domain name ocncredit4learning.com and its use of those names does not amount to trade mark infringement or passing off;
(c) OCN Credit4Learning is not entitled to use the Defendant’s Logo and shall not do so after 25th December 2015.
A full copy of the judgment can be found at this link.