Trade mark law, case II GSK 65/05

October 17th, 2005, Tomasz Rychlicki

The Supreme Administrative Court in its judgment of 8 June 2005 case file II GSK 65/05 held that it is accepted in the case law that the sufficient distinctiveness of a trade mark should be examined in concreto and not in abstracto. This means also that the sign must relate to the specific goods listed in the application form. The Court ruled that informational and descriptive character of the sign is a characteristic that demonstrates the lack of concrete, not the abstract distinctive character of a sign. This case concerned the examination proceedings of the word trade mark “supermarket” Z-197930 that was applied for by the Polish company AGORA S.A.