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Apple Stores to be trademarked in Europe?

By Kate Swaine

In a judgment from the Court of Justice, it has been held that the layout of a retail store may be registered as a trademark in Europe.

Apple has already successfully obtained a trademark registration in the US for a three-dimensional representation in colour of its stores for services within Class 35 of the Nice Agreement, namely ‘retail store services featuring computers, computer software, computer peripherals, mobile phones, consumer electronics and related accessories and demonstrations of products relating thereto’.

The below representation is accompanied by the description ‘the distinctive design and layout of a retail store’…

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