EU-Wide Trademark Protection Not Automatic, High Court Told

Law360, New York (July 5, 2012, 5:47 PM EDT) -- The legitimate use of a trademark within a single member state of the European Union neither guarantees nor precludes the mark's protection throughout the entirety of the EU, a government advocate said on Thursday.

In an opinion with the European Court of Justice, Advocate General Eleanor Sharpston said that the regulations covering community trademarks valid across the EU should be interpreted such that the valid use of a trademark within a single state could — but would not necessarily — confer equal protection throughout the other...
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