Ruling made by European Court in Hungarian trade mark case

Automotive

The European Court of Justice ruled yesterday that trade marks with a substantial reputation in the territory of the European Union benefit from protection even in member states where the trade mark is not known, Hungarian news agency MTI reported.

The case involved a Hungarian company, Iron and Smith, that applied to register a "be impulsive" trade mark with the Hungarian authorities. Multinational Unilever objected to the registration, noting the earlier registration of its own trademark "Impulse" in the EU.

The court argued that the registration of Iron and Smithʼs trade mark would come with either "actual and present injury" to Unileverʼs trade mark or "serious risk that such injury may occur in the future".

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