E.U. Cancels Lego Design Trademark

Law360, New York (August 3, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a stinging defeat for Danish toymaker Lego, a European Union office has thrown out its three-dimensional trademark registration for its popular block design.

Lego, whose patent for its construction blocks has long expired, had been trying to use a design trademark to protect its line of toys in the E.U.

However, in a 15-page decision dated July 30, the Cancellation Division of the European Union Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market, Trademarks and Designs said a trademark registration cannot be used to confer a...
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