Language of document : ECLI:EU:T:2019:241

JUDGMENT OF THE GENERAL COURT (Seventh Chamber)

11 April 2019 (*)

(EU trade mark — Opposition proceedings — Application for the EU figurative mark ZARA TANZANIA ADVENTURES — Earlier EU word marks ZARA — Relative ground for refusal — Article 8(5) of Regulation (EC) No 207/2009 (now Article 8(5) of Regulation (EU) 2017/1001) — Unfair advantage taken of the distinctive character or the repute of the earlier trade marks — Detriment to the distinctive character or the repute of the earlier trade marks)

In Case T‑655/17,

Industria de Diseño Textil, SA (Inditex), established in Arteixo (Spain), represented by G. Marín Raigal, G. Macías Bonilla, P. López Ronda and E. Armero Lavie, lawyers,

applicant,

v

European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), represented by V. Ruzek, acting as Agent,

defendant,

the other parties to the proceedings before the Board of Appeal of EUIPO being

Zainab Ansell and Roger Ansell, residing in Moshi (Tanzania),

ACTION brought against the decision of the Second Board of Appeal of EUIPO of 5 July 2017 (Joined Cases R 2330/2011-2 and R 2369/2011‑2), relating to opposition proceedings between Industria de Diseño Textil, on the one hand, and Mrs Ansell and Mr Ansell, on the other hand,

THE GENERAL COURT (Seventh Chamber),

composed of V. Tomljenović, President, E. Bieliūnas (Rapporteur) and A. Marcoulli, Judges,

Registrar: E. Hendrix, Administrator,

having regard to the application lodged at the Court Registry on 25 September 2017,

having regard to the response of EUIPO lodged at the Court Registry on 24 January 2018,

further to the hearing on 22 November 2018,

gives the following

Judgment

 Background to the dispute

1        On 27 April 2009, Mrs Zainab Ansell and Mr Roger Ansell filed an application for registration of an EU trade mark with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) pursuant to Council Regulation (EC) No 207/2009 of 26 February 2009 on the European Union trade mark (OJ 2009 L 78, p. 1), as amended (replaced by Regulation (EU) 2017/1001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 June 2017 on the European Union trade mark (OJ 2017 L 154, p. 1)).

2        Registration as a mark was sought for the following figurative sign in green and yellow: