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Trade mark law, case II GSK 335/09

March 24th, 2010, Tomasz Rychlicki

The Voivodeship Administrative Court (VAC) in Warsaw in a judgment of 4 November 2008, case file VI SA/Wa 1529/08 dismissed the complaint brought by Fashion Group Sp. z o.o. against the decision of the Polish Patent Office (PPO) of 2008, case no. Sp. 504/06, on the discontuance of proceedings in case of the invalidation of the right of protection granted for OSKARY MODY R-178091 trade mark.

Fashion Group based its legal interest on provisions on the freedom of establishment and the existence of its exclusive right to OSKARY MODY R-180722 trade mark. Fashion Group also claimed that MEDIA SUKCES s.c., the owner of the questioned trade mark, published press information indicating alleged violation of its trade mark rights by Fashion Group, which involved a risk of legal proceedings.

The PPO and the VAC denied the existence of legal interest on Fashion Group side. The company filed a cassation complaint. The Supreme Administrative Court in a judgment of 9 February 2010, case file II GSK 335/09, ruled that a competitor has a legal interest in seeking the invalidation of the same registered trade mark as his right of protection, if the owner of such an identical trade mark took any action based on demanding for the cease and desist of use, or negating the right of its competitor.

See also “Trade mark law, case II GSK 774/08” and “Trade mark law, case II GSK 503/08“.

See also Berenika Depo’s article “Same procedure every year: locus standi as an effective barrier to trade mark revocation for non-use in Poland” published in Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, 2010 5(1):55-64; doi:10.1093/jiplp/jpp186.