In the online magazine World Trademark Review Daily from 19.04.2012, BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT partner and brand law expert Dr Florian Schwab reports on the recent decision of the European Court of Justice (General Court) in the BEATLE / BEATLES case. In the decision, the Court – different to the Opposition Division – upheld the opposition to various BEATLES brands in connection with the famous British pop group raised against a picture mark BEATLE used mainly for wheelchairs. The Court upheld exploitation of the known BEATLES brand. In so doing, the Court drew protection of reputation very widely so that goods which are not prima facie similar are also included. Those subscribing to WTR Daily can see the entire article here.
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