European Union trademark (EUTM) registration: Declaring invalid an EU trademark
Recently the final decision was made by the General Court of European Union regarding European Union trademark (EUTM) registration after the dispute was ongoing throughout three instances. After contrary decisions were made by the Opposition Division and Board of Appeal of EUIPO, the Court evaluated the possible likelihood of confusion between the following European Union trademark registrations:
The Court evaluated the visual, phonetical and conceptual similarity between these European Union trademark registrations.
Visually there exists an average level of similarity between these EU trademarks as both of them contains the word “art” and a star before it. Even though the contested European Union trademark registration contains also a word “shop”, it does not have any strong meaning that would hide the similarity between the part “*art”. Even though the font and colour is different, the overall impression of both EU trademarks is similar.
The same argumentation applies to phonetical similarity of both European Union trademark registrations as the main part that will be recognized is “art”, which is identical for both EU trademarks.
Conceptually, the word “art” has the main meaning and the word “shop” can be interpreted as an action “to buy” or “to shop for” art, therefore also conceptual meaning of both EU trademark registrations is similar.
The similarity between both European Union trademark registrations is intensified with a fact that both of the European Union trademarks are registered for identical or similar goods.
The General Court held that there exists a likelihood of confusion between these European Union trademarks and annulled the Board of Appeal decision not to declare the contested EU trademark registration invalid.
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