European Court Rejects Audi Trademark

Law360, New York (December 3, 2003, 12:00 AM EST) -- The European Court of First Instance in Luxembourg Wednesday rejected a bid by German car maker Audi to register TDI as a trademark.

The abbreviation "TDI," which commonly appears on the back of cars, stand for "Turbo Diesel Injection" or "Turbo Direct Injection.”

The judges concluded that there is a sufficiently direct and specific link between the word mark "TDI" and the essential characteristics of the categories of goods and services for which registration was sought.

The court noted that combinations of letters are commonly used...
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