Back in 2008, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) first addressed that topic in Adidas Case C-102/07 [noted by the IPKat here]. The General Court (GC) followed suit, with two more rulings addressing a five-parallel-stripe sign adorning a shoe surprisingly similar to this Kat's favourite childhood model, referred to as the Original Superstars [see the IPKat notes here and here].
Three weeks ago, the CJEU issued its decision in Shoe Branding Europe BVBA v Adidas and OHIM [Case C‑396/15 P]. This time the parallel stripes were two, both impressed on a shoe curiously similar to an Adidas Dragon model. Over to Imogen Fowler and Iza Junkar (Hogan Lovells - who acted for Adidas) to finish the story:
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