26.1.2008   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

C 22/9


Judgment of the Court (Second Chamber) of 22 November 2007 (reference for a preliminary ruling from the Juzgado de lo Mercantil — Spain) — Alfredo Nieto Nuño v Leonci Monlleó Franquet

(Case C-328/06) (1)

(Trade marks - Directive 89/104/EEC - Article 4(2)(d) - ‘Well-known’ marks in a Member State within the meaning of Article 6 bis of the Paris Convention - Knowledge of the trade mark - Geographical area)

(2008/C 22/17)

Language of the case: Spanish

Referring court

Juzgado de lo Mercantil

Parties to the main proceedings

Applicant: Alfredo Nieto Nuño

Defendant: Leonci Monlleó Franquet

Re:

Reference for a preliminary ruling — Juzgado de lo Mercantil — Interpretation of Article 4 of Council Directive 89/104/EEC of 21 December 1988 to approximate the laws of the Member States relating to trade marks (OJ 1989 L 40, p. 1) — Meaning of ‘well known’ — Whether knowledge and use may be confined to a limited territory, such as an autonomous community, a region, an area or a city, depending on the goods or services concerned and the public for whom the mark is intended

Operative part of the judgment

Article 4(2)(d) of First Council Directive 89/104/EEC of 21 December 1988 to approximate the laws of the Member States relating to trade marks is to be interpreted as meaning that the earlier trade mark must be well known throughout the territory of the Member State of registration or in a substantial part of it.


(1)  OJ C 237, 30.9.2006.