Trade mark law, case VI SA/Wa 1425/10

December 15th, 2010, Tomasz Rychlicki

On 17 July 2008 Eltel Networks S.A. requested the Polish Patent Office to make a decision on the lapse of the right of protection for ELTEL R-75862 trade mark that was registered for ELTEL Przedsiębiorstwo Usługowo-Handlowe Brodnicki Bolesław from Poznań. The PPO concluded that the evidence submitted (invoices), despite using slightly different terms refer to services that correspond to services protected by the registered trademark. Eltel Networks filed a complaint against this decision.


The Voivodeship Administrative Court in its judgment of 15 October 2010 case file VI SA/Wa 1425/10 held that documents, in particular orders, invoices, delivery or sale receipts, as well as labels, packagings and related evidence that is demonstrating the real occurrence of goods or services in trade, should be deemed as the essential evidence. But the crucial evidence are the invoices, because labels, tags, hangers, bags and seals for clothing, and pictures of stores do not show and prove the actual sale of goods marked with the sign, nor did they show the measurements and scale. Without invoices, the advertising materials, such as calendars, cards, pictures with the logo, can play only a supporting role. The Court agreed with the PPO and dismissed the complaint. The judgment is not final yet.