Home: Maucher Jenkins

Intellectual Property

Patents | Trade Marks | Designs

新闻与事件

新闻活动

A Swansong for the Unofficial Souvenir Trade?

日期: 20 November 2018

 

By Katie Cameron  and Dr. Janet Strath

 

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has upheld the General Court’s decision that the word mark NEUSCHWANSTEIN is not descriptive or indicative of the geographical origin of the goods and services covered by the registration.

 

At the heart of these proceedings was Neuschwanstein Castle, said to be Walt Disney’s inspiration for the Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland and the Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom.

 

The German trade association BSGE had argued that, because Neuschwanstein Castle was geographically locatable, it could be indicative of geographical origin and, therefore, the NEUSCHWANSTEIN mark was invalid.

 

However, the CJEU found that the place where the items were sold as souvenirs did not connect the goods and services covered by the NEUSCHWANSTEIN mark with Neuschwanstein Castle. The CJEU also found that the General Court had correctly regarded the goods covered by the NEUSCHWANSTEIN mark as everyday consumer goods rather than souvenir items, and that the pleasant emotions and positive connotations that the NEUSCHWANSTEIN mark and castle might evoke for the relevant public were not sufficient for the sign to constitute an indication of geographical origin.

 

Full article in Entertainment Law Review (2019) 30 Ent. L.R. 19

C
本网站使用cookies。

其中一些cookies是必要的,而另一些cookies则通过分析网站的使用方式来帮助我们改善您的用户体验。有关我们使用的cookies的更多详细信息,请查看我们的隐私政策

必要的Cookies

必要的cookies可实现网站核心功能。 没有这些cookies,网站将无法正常运行。这些cookies只能通过更改浏览器选项来禁用。

分析性Cookies

分析性cookies通过收集和报告使用信息帮助我们改进网站。

x