In his recent article “General Court confirms invalidity of EUTM on ground of bad faith due to prior contractual relationship” on the online portal of the trade journal World Trademark Review, WTR Daily, BOEHMERT & BOEHMERT attorney Dr. Florian Schwab discusses a decision of the General Court of the European Union in case T-853/19 of 17 March 2021, Reza Hossein Khan Tehrani v. European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).
The General Court upheld the judgment of the Board of Appeal of the EUIPO on the cancellation of the EU trade mark registration EARNEST SEWN on the grounds of bad faith. This judgment contributes to this legal concept, which is difficult to categorise and which is often decided on a case by case basis by the EU Courts. It discusses the relevance of prior contractual relationships between the trade mark proprietor and the cancellation applicant for the assessment of bad faith filing.
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