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Wednesday, 16 May 2007

Latest CFI decisions - NOT for the English

ilHe might be insular, he might be ignorant - but no-one can say the IPKat's not conscientious when it comes to publicising the existence of some fresh rulings from the Court of First Instance this morning on Community trade mark law. Today's three not-for-English-readers cases are as follows:

Case T‑137/05, Gruppo La Perla SpA v OHIM, Worldgem Brands. This decision, in French and Italian only, deals with an application to register the words NIMEI LA PERLA MODERN CLASSIC and an opposition based on the two La Perla figurative marks (left and right) and the word mark LA PERLA PARFUMS.

Case T‑491/04, Merant GmbH v OHIM, Focus Magazin Verlag GmbH. This decision, also only in French and German, appears to involve an application to register the word FOCUS, opposed by the owner of an earlier figurative representation of the word MICROFOCUS (above, left).

Case T‑158/05, Trek Bicycle Corp. v OHIM, Audi AG. This decision, in French and German only, appears to relate to an application to register ALLTREK, opposed by the proprietor of the earlier mark TREK. This may be something to do with a bicycle.

Right: illustration from Cat, by B. Kliban

The IPKat invites multilingual readers to let him know if any of these decisions is of any genuine legal significance. Merpel says, the inhabitants of Malta await with bated breath the translation of these decisions into their own fair and ancient tongue.

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