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THURSDAY, 15 NOVEMBER 2012
Poland: comparison of signs
On 4 January 2011, the Polish Patent Office invalidated the right of protection for the word-figurative trade mark PIEKARNIA CUKIERNIA Jacek Gaj R-175774. The request for invalidation was filed by the Polish company who owned similar earlier trade mark registration. The PPO cited findings included in the judgment of the Court of Justice of 6 October 2005 case C-120/04 and in the judgment of the Supreme Administrative Court of 26 October 2006 case file II GSK 37/06, and agreed with the Courts that by adding to the complex trade mark of the word element, indicating the company from which the goods originate, such method does not remove the risk of misleading the public, since the perception of the mark as a whole may lead to the impression that the goods or services of compared signs come from companies that are economically linked. Jacek Gaj filed a complaint against this decision.
The Voivodeship Administrative Court in its judgment of 20 February 2012 VI SA/Wa 1716/11 dismissed it. The Court ruled that general perception of trade marks by a potential customer - the consumer, is crucial for assessing the similarity. Verbal elements are generally dominant in the complex signs, but not when they are purely informative, descriptive, including word elements with the name of the other business.
Posted by: Tomasz Rychlicki @ 12.09
legal interest, Polish Act on Industrial Property Law, Polish Patent Office, trade mark invalidation, Voivodeship Administrative Court, similarity of signs,
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