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Order of the Court (Fifth Chamber) of 30 June 2010.
Royal Appliance International GmbH v Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (Trade Marks and Designs) (OHIM).
Appeal - Community trade mark - Regulation (EC) No 40/94 - Article 8(1)(b) - Earlier mark 'sensixx' - Word mark 'Centrixx' - Relative ground for refusal - Likelihood of confusion - Application for revocation of an earlier mark - Proceedings pending before the national courts - Request for a stay of the proceedings before the General Court.
Case C-448/09 P.

European Court Reports 2010 I-00087*

ECLI identifier: ECLI:EU:C:2010:384





Order of the Court (Fifth Chamber) of 30 June 2010 – Royal Appliance International v OHIM

(Case C‑448/09 P)

Appeal – Community trade mark – Regulation (EC) No 40/94 – Article 8(1)(b) – Earlier mark ‘sensixx’ – Word mark ‘Centrixx’ – Relative ground for refusal – Likelihood of confusion – Application for revocation of an earlier mark – Proceedings pending before the national courts – Request for a stay of the proceedings before the General Court

1.                     Community trade mark – Appeals procedure – Appeal before the Community judicature – Jurisdiction of the Court of First Instance – Review of the legality of decisions of the Boards of Appeal – Annulment or alteration for reasons appearing after the judgment was delivered – Excluded (Council Regulation No 40/94, Art. 63) (see paras 43-44)

2.                     Appeals – Grounds – Incorrect assessment of the facts and evidence – Inadmissibility – Review by the Court of the assessment of the facts and evidence – Possible only where the clear sense of the evidence has been distorted (Art. 256(1) second para., TFEU; Statute of the Court of Justice, Art. 58, first para.) (see para. 77)

Re:

Appeal brought against the judgment of the Court of First Instance (First Chamber) of 15 September 2009 in Case T-446/09 Royal Appliance International v OHIM BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte , by which the Court of First Instance dismissed the action for annulment brought against the decision of the Fourth Board of Appeal of OHIM of 3 October 2007, rejecting the registration of the word mark ‘Centrixx’ as a Community trade mark for certain goods in Class 7, by granting the opposition by the proprietor of the national word mark ‘sensixx’ – Failure to stay the proceedings while awaiting the resolution of the dispute pending before the national courts concerning the application for revocation of the earlier mark – Infringement of Article 8(1)(b) of Regulation (EC) No 40/94 – Likelihood of confusion between two marks.

Operative part:

1.

The appeal is dismissed.

2.

Royal Appliance International GmbH is ordered to pay the costs.

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