Distinctiveness

La Cour de Justice maintient son approche stricte de l’analyse du caractère distinctif

Cet article a d’abord été publié dans WTR Daily, faisant partie de la World Trademark Review, en (Février/2020). Pour plus d’informations, aller sur www.worldtrademarkreview.com. L’EUIPO a rejeté une demande de marque tridimensionnelle consistant en la forme d’un lacet de chaussure au motif qu’elle était dépourvue de tout caractère distinctif. La Cour a confirmé que la …

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New step for “numerals” as trademarks?

We previously reported the decision of the European Court of First Instance which on November 19, 2009, denied registration to a couple of Community trademark applications for the numerals 150, 250, 350, 222, 333 and 555 (for “periodicals, books, games brochures” in class 16), 1000 (for “brochures, periodicals containing crossword puzzles and rebus puzzles, newspapers” …

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No TM distinctiveness on jeans pocket for the OHIM

After the Examiner of the OHIM and the Second Board of Appeal, the General Court confirmed on September 28, 2010, that a CTM application representing the pocket of a jean could not mature into registration for products of classes 18 and 25 because it lacked distinctiveness. For the Court, the sign at hands would only …

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OHIM makes some noise around trademark protection for guitars and basses

The General Court has held on September 8, 2010, that the trademark filed by Mr. Hans-Peter Wilfer consisting in the specific guitar/bass headstock shown below lacked distinctiveness and could not be registered in classes 9 and 15. This decision confirmed the previous findings of the Opposition Division and of the Board of Appeal. The General …

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Distinctiveness of bottle surfaces under OHIM standards

The General Court has confirmed in cases T-109/08 and T-110/08 that no registration should be granted to trademarks consisting in the specific aspects of wine bottles because they lacked distinctiveness and were not evidenced as having acquired distinctiveness though use. Spanish company Frexeinet SA had filed for ‘sparkling wines’ in class 33 the trademarks below …

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