Owner of famous Mouyer shoe shops stomps on rival
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A Greek court has granted an injunction preventing I Mouyer LLC from using the word 'mouyer' as a trademark (Case 134605/2008, December 16 2008).
Greek company Stam Mouyer SA, which was founded in 1900 and incorporated in 1936, owns a well-known chain of shops selling children’s shoes in Greece. Mouyer was the family name of the founder of the company.
I Mouyer also owns a shop that sells children’s shoes. The establishments of both parties are almost side by side in Athens, with only a few other shops between them.
Stam Mouyer filed a petition for an injunction against I Mouyer seeking to prevent the latter from:
- using the word 'mouyer' as a trademark, trade name, company name and distinguishing feature of origin, among other things; and
- making any representations to the effect that it was related to Stam Mouyer.
The court examined Stam Mouyer's rights in its name, which dated back to at least 1936, as well as its rights in the trademark MOUYER.
The court issued an order enjoining I Mouyer from using the word 'mouyer' as a trademark, trade name, company name and distinguishing feature of origin on the following grounds:
- the trade name and company name Mouyer were well-known;
- Stam Mouyer had rights in the unregistered trademark MOUYER due to its extensive use of the mark; and
- the goods sold by both parties were identical.
Eleni Lappa, Dr Helen Papaconstantinou John Filias & Associates, Athens
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