Judgment of the Court (Sixth Chamber) of 12 February 2004.

Henkel KGaA.

Reference for a preliminary ruling: Bundespatentgericht - Germany.

Approximation of laws - Trade marks - Directive 89/104/EEC - Article 3(1)(b), (c) and (e) - Grounds for refusal to register - Three-dimensional shape of product mark - Distinctive character.

Case C-218/01.


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Document Date Name of the parties Subject-matter Curia EUR-Lex
Judgment (OJ)
03/04/2004 Henkel
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Judgment
ECLI:EU:C:2004:88
12/02/2004 Henkel
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Judgment (Summary)
ECLI:EU:C:2004:88
12/02/2004 Henkel
Opinion
ECLI:EU:C:2003:15
14/01/2003 Henkel
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Reports of Cases

2004 I-01725

Subject-matter

Preliminary ruling ─ Interpretation of Article 3(1)(b), (c) and (e) of the First Council Directive to approximate the laws of the Member States relating to trade marks ─ Three-dimensional trade mark ─ Grounds for refusal ─ Equivalence of the packaging to the shape or the external quality of the goods (liquid) itself ─ Requirements regarding proof of distinctive character

Systematic classification scheme

Information not available


Citations of case-law or legislation

References in grounds of judgment

  • EC Treaty (Amsterdam), Article 249 -L3 : paragraph 60
  • Directive 89/104 -A02 : paragraphs 5, 29, 30
  • Directive 89/104 -A03 : paragraph 41
  • Directive 89/104 -A03P1 : paragraphs 31, 38, 61, 62
  • Directive 89/104 -A03P1LA : paragraph 6
  • Directive 89/104 -A03P1LB : paragraphs 1, 6, 19, 39, 45, 48 - 54, 63 - 65
  • Directive 89/104 -A03P1LC : paragraphs 1, 6, 19, 39 - 44
  • Directive 89/104 -A03P1LD : paragraphs 1, 39
  • Directive 89/104 -A03P1LE : paragraphs 6, 19, 32 - 37, 39
  • Directive 89/104 -A03P3 : paragraph 6
  • Directive 89/104 -C1 : paragraphs 3, 59
  • Directive 89/104 -C7 : paragraph 59
  • Directive 89/104 -C10 : paragraph 4
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -71/94 : paragraph 60
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -349/95 : paragraph 30
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -210/96 : paragraphs 47, 50
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -39/97 : paragraph 30
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -63/97 : paragraph 60
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -299/99 : paragraphs 30, 31, 50
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -363/99 : paragraph 64
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -53/01 : paragraphs 38, 39, 41, 48, 50, 52
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -104/01 : paragraph 52

Operative part

  • Interprets : Directive 89/104 -A03P1LB
  • Interprets : Directive 89/104 -A03P1LC
  • Interprets : Directive 89/104 -A03P1LE

Opinion

  • EC Treaty (Amsterdam), Article 249 -L3 : point 24
  • Directive 89/104 -A02 : point 11
  • Directive 89/104 -A03P1LB : points 1, 6, 8, 18 - 25
  • Directive 89/104 -A03P1LC : points 1, 6, 8 - 14
  • Directive 89/104 -A03P1LE : points 1, 6, 8 - 17
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -292/89 : point 16
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -210/96 : point 19
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -63/97 : point 24
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -299/99 : point 20
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -303/97 : point 20
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -220/98 : point 20
  • Court of Justice - Opinion C -220/98 : point 20
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -30/99 : point 20
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -342/97 : point 20


Dates

Date of the lodging of the application initiating proceedings

  • 29/05/2001

Date of the Opinion

  • 14/01/2003

Date of the hearing

Information not available

Date of delivery

12/02/2004


References

Publication in the Official Journal

Application: OJ C 227 from 11.08.2001, p.10

Judgment: OJ C 85 from 03.04.2004, p.4

Name of the parties

Henkel

Notes on Academic Writings

  1. Van Nispen, C.J.J.C.: Hof van Justitie over verpakking vloeibaar wasmiddel, Bijblad bij de industriële eigendom 2004 p.88-89
  2. X: Il Foro italiano 2004 IV Col.130-133
  3. Garilli, Chiara: Confezioni, flaconi e recipienti di prodotti liquidi: un'ulteriore occasione per riflettere sul marchio di forma, Europa e diritto privato 2005 p.235-252



Procedural Analysis Information

Source of the question referred for a preliminary ruling

Bundespatentgericht - Germany

Subject-matter

  • Approximation of laws
  • Intellectual, industrial and commercial property
  • - Trade marks

Provisions of national law referred to

Markengesetz (MarkenG), Paragraphen 3 Abs. 2, 8 Abs. 2 No. 1 und 2 Abs. 3

Provisions of international law referred to

Information not available

Procedure and result

  • Reference for a preliminary ruling

Formation of the Court

sixième chambre (Cour)

Judge-Rapporteur

Macken

Advocate General

Ruiz-Jarabo Colomer

Language(s) of the Case

  • German

Language(s) of the Opinion

  • Spanish