The UK football club Aston Villa lost an opposition against the following trademark that was applied for classes 12, 25, 35:
Against this mark Aston Villa evoked its following earlier mark in class 25:
According to the Japan Patent Office, both signs are not confusingly similar because the earlier mark includes the abbreviation AVFC besides the lion depiction. Furthermore, the lion character is widely used in heraldic which leads to lower distinctive power. On top of that, there are some differences between the lion depictions themselves.
Source: Masaki MIKAMI