Request for a preliminary ruling from the Korkein hallinto-oikeus (Finland) lodged on 3 October 2017 — Oy Hartwall Ab

(Case C-578/17)

Language of the case: Finnish

Referring court

Korkein hallinto-oikeus

Parties to the main proceedings

Applicant: Oy Hartwall Ab

Other interested parties: Patentti- ja rekisterihallitus

Questions referred

For the interpretation of Article 2 of Directive 2008/95/EC 1 and the condition relating to the distinctive character of a trade mark within the meaning of Article 3(1)(b) thereof, is it of relevance whether the trade mark is to be registered as a figurative mark or a colour mark?

If the classification of the mark as a colour mark or figurative mark is of importance in the assessment of its distinctive character, is the mark, regardless of its representation as an image, to be registered as a colour mark in accordance with the trade mark application, or can it be registered only as a figurative mark?

If it is possible to register, as a colour mark, a mark represented in the form of a drawing in the trade mark application, is it necessary for the registration as a colour mark of a mark which has been graphically illustrated in the trade mark application with the accuracy required by the case-law of the Court of Justice relating to colour marks (and which is not the registration as a mark of a colour in itself, abstract, without shape or contours), is it necessary to submit in addition solid evidence of use as required by the Patentti- ja rekisterihallitus or any such evidence?

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1 OJ 2008 L 299, p. 25.