One-Nation Use Might Not Support EU-Wide Trademark: Court

Law360, New York (December 20, 2012, 6:14 PM EST) -- Europe's high court said Wednesday that demonstrated use of a trademark in one European Union country may — or may not — afford the mark protection across the entire EU.

Considering a dispute referred from The Hague's Regional Court of Appeal, the EU Court of Justice addressed the question of whether using community trademarks — which are valid throughout the 27-member EU — within the borders of just one EU member state would satisfy the definition of “genuine use” as laid out in EU regulations. Under...
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