The New Year is not yet with us, but Sweet & Maxwell has already published the January 2005 issue of the European Trade Mark Reports. This issue is something of a "European Dilution Special", since all the cases have a dilutionary slant to them.
Cases included in this issue which are available in English forthe first time are as follows:
Other significant cases include the UK's Mastercard v Hitachi and Quorn Hunt decisions.
* Campomar SL v Nike International Ltd (Supreme Court, Portugal): an application by Nike's rivals Campomar to extend an existing international trade mark registration to Portugal is beaten back.
* Adidas Salomon AG v Dolce & Gabbana Germany GmbH (Oberlandesgericht, Munich): protection of the three-stripe motif as a famous mark.
* Adidas Salomon AG and Adidas Italia Slr v Shoes Partners SAS (Court of Rome): whether three-stripe mark would be perceived as a trade mark or as a mere embellishment on defendant's products.
Adidas: keeping afoot of the latest trade mark trends
* Adidas Sarragan France v Subo and another (Cour d'appel de Paris, France): consideration of dilution of three-stripe motif by use of both two- and three-stripe motifs.