Bloomberg News reports that Anheuser-Busch has successfully petitioned the European Court of Human Rights to hear its appeal against a 2001 decision of the Portuguese Supreme Court which favours the rights of its Czech rival to the BUDWEISER name.
``This complaint poses serious factual and legal questions'' said the Human Rights Court. ``A thorough investigation" was said to be needed.
This is the first trade mark case to reach the Strasbourg court.
The IPKat has been wondering for a long time how the Protocol 1, Article 1 right to peaceful enjoyment of property protects IP rights. Looks like he may well get the answer.
Human rights and beer here and here
Wednesday, 9 February 2005
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