Region: Greece

Landmark decision on refusal practice issued

An appellate court in Athens has issued a landmark decision altering prior <i>ex officio</i> refusal practice. Under the previous system, the Trademark Committee would refuse an application where the mark was confusingly similar to an earlier registration, even if the earlier mark was owned by a company within the same group of companies as the applicant. The court stated that applications should be allowed in such circumstances.

11 December 2006

OLIVER opposition unsuccessful

A court in Athens has dismissed an opposition filed against the trademark OLIVER by Dutch company Valentino Globe BV (which belongs to famous fashion house Valentino Group). The court held that the mark was not likely to cause confusion with Valentino Group's earlier OLIVER device mark as the earlier mark also incorporated a 'V' device and the image of a dog.

17 November 2006

'Microsoft.com.gr' cancellation petition granted

The National Telecommunications and Post Committee has upheld Microsoft Corporation's complaint and has ordered the cancellation of the domain name 'microsoft.com.gr' registered by the Greek entity Prologic AE in 2004. It held that the domain name was filed in bad faith and infringed Microsoft's related legal rights.

05 September 2006

Indirect confusion leads to refusal of CITI marks

The Athens Administrative Court of First Instance has reversed eight Trademark Committee decisions, in which it had partially accepted four CITI+ marks filed by a Greek company. The court held that the marks were confusingly similar to the well-known series of CITI+ marks owned by Citigroup, despite the fact that the classes of goods and services covered by the respective marks did not overlap.

12 June 2006

Lego knocks down cancellation claim against brick device marks

The Administrative Court of First Instance of Athens has reversed an earlier decision to cancel several device mark registrations depicting Lego bricks. Dismissing the action filed by Lego Group's Canadian rival Ritvik Holdings Inc, the court held that the marks in question were neither functional, nor common and have retained their distinguishing ability throughout their longstanding use in the Greek market.

07 June 2006

UK supermarket halts infringing use in Rhodes

A court in Rhodes has issued a decision granting an infringement action filed by UK supermarket chain WM Morrison Supermarkets Plc (UK) against an individual who, among other things, was using a copy of the MORRISONS logo on his shop front. The court held that tourists viewing the sign would be confused into believing that the store was a branch of the well-known UK chain.

31 May 2006

Dainese motors to victory in 'dainese.gr' decision

The National Telecommunications and Post Committee has ordered the cancellation of the domain name 'dainese.gr', which was registered in the name of a Greek company. The committee held that the registration was in bad faith and infringed, among other things, the trademarks and company name of Italian entity Dainese.

10 April 2006

Landmark case sees move towards acceptance of survey evidence

In <i>Mars Inc v Seral SA</i>, the First Instance Court of Athens has issued a landmark decision, redefining the boundaries of protection against look-alike products under Greece's trademark and unfair competition laws. The decision is particularly noteworthy as the court considered and accepted consumer survey evidence; such evidence has traditionally been viewed with suspicion by the courts.

27 March 2006

Orange records win in 'orangetelecom.gr' cancellation claim

The National Telecommunications and Post Committee has ordered the cancellation of the domain name 'orangetelecom.gr'. The committee held that the disputed domain name infringed Orange Personal Communication Service's trademark rights and copyright.

21 March 2006

Microsoft claims win in battle over 'microsoft.gr'

The National Telecommunications and Post Committee has ordered the cancellation of the domain name 'microsoft.gr', registered by the Greek entity Armada OE in 1998. The committee held that the domain name had been registered in bad faith and infringed Microsoft Corporation's trademark rights.

13 March 2006

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