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Document 62009TJ0124

Summary of the Judgment

Judgment of the General Court (Fourth Chamber) of 7 July 2010.
Valigeria Roncato SpA v Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (Trade Marks and Designs) (OHIM).
Community trade mark - Opposition proceedings - Application for community word mark CARLO RONCATO - Unregistered national figurative and word marks RV RONCATO and RONCATO - Earlier national figurative and word marks RV RONCATO and RONCATO - No likelihood of unfair advantage being taken of the distinctive character and repute of the earlier marks - Due cause for the use of the mark applied for - Relative grounds for refusal - Article 8(4) and (5) of Regulation (EC) No 40/94 (now Article 8(4) and (5) of Regulation (EC) No 207/2009).
Case T-124/09.

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Subject of the case
Operative part

Keywords

Community trade mark – Definition and acquisition of the Community trade mark – Relative grounds for refusal – Opposition by the holder of an unregistered mark or other sign used in trade – Conditions (Council Regulation No 40/94, Art. 8(4)) (see para. 18)

2. Community trade mark – Definition and acquisition of the Community trade mark – Relative grounds for refusal – Opposition by the proprietor of an earlier identical or similar mark enjoying a reputation – Protection of well-known earlier mark extended to dissimilar goods or services – Conditions – Taking unfair advantage of the distinctive character or repute of the earlier mark (Council Regulation No 40/94, Art. 8(5)) (see paras 45, 47-51)

Subject of the case

Re:

ACTION brought against the decision of the First Board of Appeal of OHIM of 23 January 2009 (Cases R 237/2008 1 and R 236/2008 1) relating to opposition proceedings between Valigeria Roncato SpA and Roncato Srl.

Information relating to the case

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Operative part

Operative part

The Court:

1. Dismisses the action;

2. Orders Valigeria Roncato SpA to pay the costs.

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