E.U. Advocate General OKs Surnames as Trademarks
If confirmed by the full European Court of Justice, the decision would allow protection to other companies with relatively common names.
"Any judgment as to the distinctiveness of a surname must observe the same guidelines as those applicable to other types of word marks," said the Advocate General Damaso Ruiz-Jarabo Colomer.
"There is nothing in the Directive to justify...
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