Mudhook Marketing Inc. v Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (Trade Marks and Designs)

European Union – Trade marks. The General Court of the European Union dismissed the action brought by Mudhook Marketing Inc. (Mudhook) against the decision of the Second Board of Appeal of the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (Trade Marks and Designs) relating to an application by Mudhook for registration of the word sign 'IPVanish' as a Community trade mark. The Court held that the Board had correctly decided that that sign was devoid of any distinctive character, thereby infringing art 7(1)(b) of Council Regulation (EC) 207/2009.

Category: