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Trade Mark Decision Goes Pear-Shaped for Apple Inc.

日期: 8 May 2019

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Are apples and pears distinct pieces of fruit? Find out what the EU General Court thinks here in this article on Apple Inc's trade mark opposition to Pear Technologies:

 

Rejecting Apple Inc’s argument that apples and pears are similar, the General Court has annulled an EUIPO Board of Appeal decision that a figurative sign consisting of the image of a pear and the word “Pear” for computers and related goods and services would take advantage of, or be detrimental to, the distinctive character or repute of the earlier registered EU trade mark for Apple’s well-known Apple logo. The court held that the board had erred in finding that the marks were visually and conceptually similar, and the board had incorrectly found that Pear Technologies’ mark was invalid under art.8(5) of the EU Trade Mark Regulation (2017/1001).

 

Read the full article published by the Computer and Telecommunications Law Review here: C.T.L.R. 2019, 25(4), 96-98.

 

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