>>>Limits on the unitary effect of the European trade mark (CMS)

Limits on the unitary effect of the European trade mark (CMS)

Based on its European « Combit » trade mark, Combit Software launched an action for infringement against a company regarding the use of the « Commit » sign to designate similar goods and services, and petitioned the German court seized to issue a ban on the use of the sign in dispute throughout the European Union in accordance with Article 102 of Regulation No. 207/2009 of 26 February 2009 on the European Union Trade Mark (EUTMR). The German courts hold that, although a risk of confusion in the minds of the German-speaking public exists, the same risk does not exist for the English-speaking public as it knows how to identify the contraction of the prefix « com » (for « computer ») and « bit » (for « binary digit ») in the sign in dispute. Therefore, the appeal court asked the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) whether it is possible – when a risk of confusion exists regarding a European Union Trade Mark – to geographically limit the scope of the ban on the use of the sign in dispute despite the unitary effect of the European Trade Mark.

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2017-03-28T09:26:53+00:00 28 mars, 2017|Categories: Droit de la propriété intellectuelle|Tags: , , |