Trade mark law, case II GSK 127/07

October 5th, 2007, Tomasz Rychlicki

The Supreme Administrative Court in a judgment of 20 September 2007, case file II GSK 127/07, unpublished, ruled that other requirements must be satisfied while starting the invalidation proceedings, and the other in the request on the lapse of a right of protection for a trademark. The right of protection for a trademark right may be invalidated in whole or in part, if it has been granted contrary to the statutory conditions (as defined in article 164 of the Polish Act of 30 June 2000 on Industrial Property Law – IPL – (in Polish: ustawa Prawo własności przemysłowej) of 30 June 2000, published in Journal of Laws (Dziennik Ustaw) of 2001 No. 49, item 508, consolidated text of 13 June 2003, Journal of Laws (Dziennik Ustaw) No. 119, item 1117, with later amendments), and the lapse of a right of protection is dependent on the occurrence of other, well-defined conditions (articles 168 and 169 of the IPL). Also the implication of each of these decisions differs – at the ex tunc in the invalidation proceedings, and after fixed period or the occurrence of a particular situation constituting a condition of the lapse.