Today they showed us just how finely you could tune your searches by combining options in the box on the left with the Points of Law, Trade Mark Comparison and Goods and Services options across the top. You can find all sorts of information on parties or previous decisions in oppositions involving marks like the pair in front of you. If only the courts were consistent, you could predict the result of your case without going to the trouble of fighting it.
The options for subscribers allow some amazing pattern matching. Your mark has three identical letters and a different fourth. You can find all the similar fact cases in any jurisdiction. This is just too smart. Knowing how OHIM and indeed any office does not like to be bound by its own mistakes I wonder how wise it might be to rely heavily on an obscure precedent from an earlier opposition decision, especially if it is an isolated one. I now know how some adverse parties have found obscure cases to cite.
However even OHIM are trying to be consistent on their similarity of goods assessments and Dart's technicians have managed to do some really smart visualisation of how similar or dissimilar a good might be to other goods. Everybody who has a paying subscription really needs to beg to have the tool for statistics on product similarity added to their pack. Its the perfect way to craft a specification that could lead your mark to the register for a limited specification with much reduced risk of opposition.
If you are learning your craft, Darts detailed analysis of cases will allow you to become an expert in no time at all by finding the matching cases that have gone before you. If you have a subscription, use it. If not you need to grab Gary Cook.