Language of document : ECLI:EU:T:2015:379





Judgment of the General Court (Third Chamber) of 16 June 2015 —
Best-Lock (Europe) v OHIM — Lego Juris (Shape of a toy figure with protrusion)

(Case T‑396/14)

Community trade mark — Invalidity proceedings — Three-dimensional Community trade mark — Shape of a toy figure with protrusion — Absolute grounds for refusal — Sign consisting exclusively of the shape which results from the nature of the goods themselves — Sign consisting exclusively of the shape of goods which is necessary to obtain a technical result — Article 7(1)(e)(i) and (ii) of Regulation (EC) No 207/2009

1.                     Procedure — Application initiating proceedings — Formal requirements — Brief summary of the pleas in law on which the application is based — Pleas in law not set out in the application — Reference to annexes as a whole — Inadmissibility (Statute of the Court of Justice, Art. 21, first para.; Rules of Procedure of the General Court, Art. 44(1)(c)) (see para. 17)

2.                     Community trade mark — Appeals procedure — Action before the EU judicature — Application initiating proceedings — Formal requirements — Brief summary of the pleas in law on which the application is based — Repetition, wholly or in part, of the arguments already invoked before OHIM — Lawfulness (Statute of the Court of Justice, Art. 21; Rules of Procedure of the General Court, Art. 44(1)(c); Council Regulation No 207/2009, Art. 65) (see para. 19)

3.                     Community trade mark — Definition and acquisition of the Community trade mark — Absolute grounds for refusal — Signs which consist exclusively of the shape of goods which is necessary to obtain a technical result — Concept — Presence of non-essential characteristics with no technical function — Not relevant to the ground for refusal (Council Regulation No 207/2009, Art. 7(1)(e)(ii)) (see para. 28)

4.                     Community trade mark — Surrender, revocation and invalidity — Absolute grounds for invalidity — Registration contrary to Article 7(1)(e)(ii) of Regulation No 207/2009 — Three-dimensional mark consisting in the shape of a toy figure with protrusion (Council Regulation No 207/2009, Art. 7(1)(e)(ii)) (see paras 30-34)

Re:

ACTION brought against the decision of the Fourth Board of Appeal of OHIM of 26 March 2014 (Case R 1696/2013‑4), concerning invalidity proceedings between Best-Lock (Europe) Ltd and Lego Juris A/S.

Operative part

The Court:

1.

Dismisses the action;

2.

Orders Best-Lock (Europe) Ltd to pay the costs.