Facebook victorious on appeal: FACEBOOK and STRESSBOOK held to be similar
The Swiss Federal Administrative Court has overturned a decision of the Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IGE) finding that there was no likelihood of confusion between the marks FACEBOOK and STRESSBOOK. The court held that ‘book’ is not simply a generic or descriptive term, as the trademark FACEBOOK enjoys an increased level of awareness. The decision highlights that taking one element of a strong trademark can lead to a likelihood of confusion, even if it is combined with further elements (Case B-681/2016, January 23 2018).
Want to read more?
Register to access two of our subscriber only articles per month
Subscribe for unlimited access to articles, in-depth analysis and research from the World Trademark Review experts
What our customers are saying
The searchable online World Trademark Review database is a valuable research tool.
Subscribe to World Trademark Review to receive access to the full range of trademark intelligence, insight, and case law, as well as our guides, rankings and daily market insight delivered to your inbox.
Register for more free content
- Read more World Trademark Review blogs and articles
- Receive the editor's weekly review by email