Language of document : ECLI:EU:C:2019:805


 


 



Order of the Court (Eighth Chamber) of 1 October 2019 — Apple v Pear Technologies

(Case C295/19 P)

Appeal — Article 181 of the Rules of Procedure of the Court — EU trade mark — Opposition proceedings — Application for registration of the figurative mark containing the word element ‘pear’ — Earlier figurative mark depicting an apple — Relative ground for refusal — Regulation (EC) No 207/2009 — Article 8(5) — No similarity between the signs at issue — Appeal manifestly unfounded)

1.      EU trade mark — Definition and acquisition of the EU trade mark — Relative grounds for refusal — Opposition by the proprietor of an earlier identical or similar mark enjoying a reputation — Protection of well-known earlier mark extended to dissimilar goods or services — Conditions — Similarity of the marks concerned — Degree of similarity required

(Council Regulation No 207/2009, Art. 8(5))

(see para. 6)

2.      EU trade mark — Definition and acquisition of the EU trade mark — Relative grounds for refusal — Opposition by the proprietor of an earlier identical or similar mark enjoying a reputation — Protection of well-known earlier mark extended to dissimilar goods or services — Conditions — Link between the marks — Criteria for assessment

(Council Regulation No 207/2009, Art. 8(5))

(see para. 6)

3.      Appeal — Grounds — Inadequate statement of reasons — Reliance by the General Court on implied reasoning — Lawfulness — Conditions

(Art. 256 TFEU; Statute of the Court of Justice, Art. 36 and 53, first para.)

(see para. 6)

Operative part

1.

The appeal is dismissed as being manifestly unfounded.

2.

Apple Inc. is ordered to bear its own costs.