Champagne Louis Roederer (a company incorporated under the laws of France) v J Garcia Carrion S.A. (a company incorporated under the laws of Spain) and others

Trade mark – Infringement. The Chancery Division upheld the claimant's challenge under the Trade Marks Act 1994 and under art 9(1)(b) and 9(1)(c) of the Community Trade Mark Regulation (Council Regulation 207/2009) to the invalidity of the first defendant's mark CRISTALINO JAUME SERRA in relation to, amongst other things, sparkling wines and wines. That decision was based on the fact the claimant's mark CRISTAL had a strong reputation in the United Kingdom and due to the similarity of the signs there would be confusion resulting in dilution and detriment to the distinctiveness of the mark.

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