2006 Fifa trademarks cancelled for lack of distinctive character: OHIM Cases R 1466/2005-1, R 1467/2005-1, R 1468/2005-1, R 1469/2005-1 and R 1470/2005-1. All
The Board of Appeal of the OHIM has allowed appeals brought by Ferrero oHG mbH against the refusal of the Cancellation Division to cancel marks belonging to the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (Fifa). The five marks in dispute have now dated and are of little commercial value as the event in question, the 2006 football World Cup, has passed. However the case sets an important precedent. The marks are:
WORLD CUP 2006 (referring to the football world cup);
GERMANY 2006 (the event taking place in Germany);
WM 2006 (WM is Weltmeisterschaft, “World Cup” or World Championship” in German);
WORLD CUP GERMANY;
WORLD CUP 2006 GERMANY.
The grounds upon which the registrations were challenged were that the signs in question were descriptive and lacked distinctive character.