The General Court on the evidence of genuine use of a trademark

The General Court, in its ruling of 27 March 2014, case T-47/12, made a statement about the notion of evidence of genuine use of an earlier trademark into an opposition proceedings.

The General Court ruled on the action filed by Intesa San Paolo against the decision of the First Board of Appeal of the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM), which refused the registration of Intesa’s figurative sign for goods and services falling within classes 9, 35, 36 and 38, due to the opposition filed by Equinet Bank AG and based on the earlier Community trademark ‘Equinet’ registered for the goods and services of the same classes, 9, 35, 36 and 38…

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