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Bovemij Verzekeringen NV v Benelux-Merkenbureau (EUROPOLIS)

[2006] E.C.R. I-7605

Case summary last updated at 31/01/2020 17:01 by the Oxbridge Notes in-house law team.

Judgement for the case Bovemij Verzekeringen NV v Benelux-Merkenbureau (EUROPOLIS)

C sought to register a Dutch word as a trade mark in the Benelux region. Held:
 
·       Where mark consists of words from a official Member State’s language, can only be registered if a significant proportion of those speaking the language recognise it as indicating origin.
·       Thus could only be registered if it was distinctive for a significant proportion of those living in Holland.

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