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

 

Parties

 

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)

 

Re:

 

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.

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1- OJ C 102, 1.5.2009.

 

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