The Suzuki Motor (SWIFT GTi) case

General Court of the European Union, Case T-63/09

Typology: Case Law
Tags: Trade Mark

Judgment of the General Court of 21 March 2012 - Volkswagen v OHIM - Suzuki Motor (SWIFT GTi)


(Case T-63/09) 


(Community Trade Mark - Opposition proceedings - Application for Community word mark SWIFT GTi - Earlier international and national marks GTI - Relative grounds for refusal - Similarity of the goods - Article 8(1)(b) of Regulation (EC) No 40/94 (now Article 8(1)(b) of Regulation (EC) No 207/2009) - Assessment of the likelihood of confusion - Rejection of the opposition)


Language of the case: German




Applicant: Volkswagen AG (Wolfsburg, Germany) (represented by: H.-P. Schrammek, C. Drzymalla and S. Risthaus, lawyers)


Defendant: Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (Trade Marks and Designs) (represented by: G. Schneider, Agent)


Other party to the proceedings before the Board of Appeal of OHIM: Suzuki Motor Corp. (Shizuoka-ken, Japan)




Action brought against the decision of the Second Board of Appeal of OHIM of 9 December 2008 (Case R 749/2007-2) relating to opposition proceedings between Volkswagen AG and Suzuki Motor Corp.


Operative part of the judgment


The Court:


1. Dismisses the action;


2. Orders Volkswagen AG to pay the costs.


1- OJ C 102, 1.5.2009.


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