Judgment of the Court (Second Chamber) of 9 November 2006.

Montex Holdings Ltd v Diesel SpA.

Reference for a preliminary ruling: Bundesgerichtshof - Germany.

Trade marks - Directive 89/104/EEC - Right of the proprietor of a trade mark to prohibit the transit of goods bearing an identical sign through the territory of a Member State in which the mark enjoys protection - Unlawful manufacture - Associated State.

Case C-281/05.


Top of the page Documents in the Case
Document Date Name of the parties Subject-matter Curia EUR-Lex
Judgment (OJ)
30/12/2006 Montex Holdings
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Judgment
ECLI:EU:C:2006:709
09/11/2006 Montex Holdings
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Judgment (Summary)
ECLI:EU:C:2006:709
09/11/2006 Montex Holdings
Opinion
ECLI:EU:C:2006:444
04/07/2006 Montex Holdings
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Application (OJ)
01/10/2005 Montex Holdings
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Reports of Cases

2006 I-10881

Subject-matter

Reference for a preliminary ruling – Bundesgerichtshof – Interpretation of Articles 28, 29 and 30 of the EC Treaty and of Article 5(1) and (3) of First Council Directive 89/104/EEC of 21 December 1988 to approximate the laws of the Member States relating to trade marks (OJ 1989 L 40, p. 1) – Right of the proprietor of a trade mark to prohibit the transit of goods bearing an identical sign across the territory of a Member State where that mark is protected – No protection in the country of destination

Systematic classification scheme

1.
B European Community (EEC/EC)
  B-11 Approximation of laws
    B-11.07 Harmonisation of trade mark law
      B-11.07.03 Effects of a mark


Citations of case-law or legislation

References in grounds of judgment

  • Directive 89/104 -A05 : paragraph 35
  • Directive 89/104 -A05P1 : paragraphs 1, 15 - 41
  • Directive 89/104 -A05P3 : paragraphs 1, 15 - 41
  • Regulation 3295/94 -A01 : paragraphs 36 - 38
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -383/98 : paragraphs 17, 36
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -60/02 : paragraphs 35, 36
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -115/02 : paragraph 19
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -405/03 : paragraphs 20 - 22

Operative part

  • Interprets : Directive 89/104 -A05P1
  • Interprets : Directive 89/104 -A05P3

Opinion

  • Directive 89/104 -A05P1 : points 1 - 45
  • Directive 89/104 -A05P1LC : point 22
  • Directive 89/104 -A05P3 : points 1 - 45
  • Directive 89/104 -A05P3LC : points 21, 22
  • Decision 93/743 : point 17
  • Decision 93/743 -A07 : point 18
  • Regulation 3295/94 : points 38, 40, 43, 44
  • Regulation 3295/94 -A01 : point 39
  • Regulation 3295/94 -A02 : point 39
  • Regulation 3295/94 -A11 : point 39
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -102/77 : point 23
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -383/98 : points 16, 43
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -23/99 : point 26
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -63/99 : point 18
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -299/99 : point 23
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -206/01 : point 23
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -60/02 : points 39, 43
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -115/02 : points 26, 27
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -405/03 : points 21, 22, 25


Dates

Date of the lodging of the application initiating proceedings

  • 13/07/2005

Date of the Opinion

  • 04/07/2006

Date of the hearing

Information not available

Date of delivery

09/11/2006


References

Publication in the Official Journal

Application: OJ C 243 from 01.10.2005, p.7

Judgment: OJ C 326 from 30.12.2006, p.16

Name of the parties

Montex Holdings

Notes on Academic Writings

  1. Paul, Thomas ; Leopold, Anders: Res in transitu - quo vaditis? - Markenrechtlicher Schutz gegen Warentransit in Europa, Europäische Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsrecht 2005 p.685-688
  2. Leitzen, Mario: Innergemeinschaftlicher Transit, Markenverletzung und Produktpiraterie, Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht 2006 p.89-96
  3. Klopschinski, Simon: Markenverletzung im Transit, European Law Reporter 2006 p.502-511
  4. Reinisch, Martin: Maßnahmen eines Markeninhabers gegen eine im DurchfuhrMS für ihn markengeschützte, im Empfangsstaat aber nicht markengeschützte Ware, Österreichische Blätter für gewerblichen Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht 2007 p.82-84
  5. Karl, Roland: Markenverletzung durch ungebrochenen Warentransit?, Ecolex 2007 p.362
  6. Heinze, A. ; Heinze, Stefan: Transit als Markenverletzung - Schlusswort des EuGH in der Entscheidung "Montex/Diesel", Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht 2007 p.740-748
  7. Puts, Aloïs: Enkele bedenkingen bij het Montex-arrest, Revue de droit commercial belge 2007 p.664-668
  8. Felskov-Lihme, Troels: Varemærkerettens anvendelse på varer i transit. EF-domstolens afgørelse i Montex Holding Ltd. mod Diesel S.p.A. (sag C-281/05), Nordiskt immateriellt rättsskydd 2007 p.365-371
  9. Arnaud, Emmanuel: Le transit externe contre les droits du titulaire de la marque, Droit de l'immatériel : informatique, médias, communication 2007 nº 32 p.11-13
  10. Cornu, Emmanuel ; Klimis, Olivia: L'arrêt Diesel de la Cour de Justice des Communautés européennes: le point sur le commerce transitoire de contrefaçons, Revue de droit intellectuel : l'ingénieur-conseil 2007 p.743-751
  11. Kinini, E.: Epitheorisis tou Emporikou Dikaiou 2008 p.169-174
  12. Van Hezewijk, Jeroen K.: Montex and Rolex - Irreconcilable Differences? A Call for a Better Definition of Counterfeit Goods, International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law 2008 p.775-795
  13. Hacker, Franz: Notizen zur Durchfuhr, Markenrecht 2009 p.7-10
  14. Kuipers, Gertjan: Recente ontwikkelingen omtrent de Antipiraterij verordening, Bulletin bij de industriële eigendom 2010 p.170-172



Procedural Analysis Information

Source of the question referred for a preliminary ruling

Bundesgerichtshof - Germany

Subject-matter

  • Free movement of goods
  • - Quantitative restrictions
  • - Measures having equivalent effect
  • Approximation of laws
  • Intellectual, industrial and commercial property

Procedure and result

  • Reference for a preliminary ruling

Formation of the Court

deuxième chambre (Cour)

Judge-Rapporteur

Kūris

Advocate General

Poiares Maduro

Language(s) of the Case

  • German

Language(s) of the Opinion

  • Portuguese