EU top court rules on Adidas trademark case

Issues

The European Union (EU)'s highest court ruled that two-stripe imitations could infringe Adidas' famous trademark of three stripes, but it was up to national courts to decide.

“The national court must determine whether the average consumer may be mistaken as to the origin of sports and leisure garments featuring stripe motifs in the same places and with the same characteristics as the stripes motif of Adidas,” the Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice (ECJ) said in its ruling.

Adidas, the world's second-largest sporting-goods maker, had brought a case against several retailers in the Netherlands before Dutch courts, trying to prevent them from selling sports clothing with similar stripes.

However, Marca Mode and other retailers argued that they are free to place two stripes on their sports and leisure garments for decorative purposes.

The Supreme Court of the Netherlands later asked the ECJ for legal advice on the case. (Xinhua)

ADVERTISEMENT

Századvég raises GDP forecast to 7.8% Analysis

Századvég raises GDP forecast to 7.8%

Opposition parties to begin PM candidate primaries Elections

Opposition parties to begin PM candidate primaries

New editor-in-chief at Betone Studio Appointments

New editor-in-chief at Betone Studio

Budapest leaders make public transport free for under-14s City

Budapest leaders make public transport free for under-14s

SUPPORT THE BUDAPEST BUSINESS JOURNAL

Producing journalism that is worthy of the name is a costly business. For 27 years, the publishers, editors and reporters of the Budapest Business Journal have striven to bring you business news that works, information that you can trust, that is factual, accurate and presented without fear or favor.
Newspaper organizations across the globe have struggled to find a business model that allows them to continue to excel, without compromising their ability to perform. Most recently, some have experimented with the idea of involving their most important stakeholders, their readers.
We would like to offer that same opportunity to our readers. We would like to invite you to help us deliver the quality business journalism you require. Hit our Support the BBJ button and you can choose the how much and how often you send us your contributions.