Rockbass not valid trade mark

July 2007

From The IP Kat

Advocate General Eleanor Sharpston has rendered her opinion in case C-301/05  Hans-Peter Wilfer , this being an appeal to the European Court of Justice, Luxembourg, from a decision of the Court of First Instance (CFI) involving Wilfer’s application to register Rockbass as a Community trade mark for guitars, technical sound equipment, amplifiers and the like. The application was rejected on the basis that the word was sufficiently descriptive to be incapable of serving as a trade mark; the Board of Appeal and the CFI agree.

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