Marriott Worldwide Corp. v European Union Intellectual Property Office

European Union – Trade marks. The European Union Intellectual Property Office's Fourth Board of Appeal had incorrectly concluded that the figurative sign, representing a griffin, registered by the intervener was dissimilar to earlier figurative signs registered by the applicant, Marriott Worldwide Corp., also representing designs of a griffin, regardless of the identity or similarity of the services and the enhanced distinctiveness of the earlier marks. Consequently, the General Court of the European Union granted the applicant's request for annulment of the Board's decision to uphold the rejection of the applicant's application for a declaration of invalidity in relation to the intervener's mark.

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