Judgment of the Court (Fourth Chamber), 5 June 2014

Coty Germany GmbH v First Note Perfumes NV

Request for a preliminary ruling from the Bundesgerichtshof

Judicial cooperation in civil matters — Regulations (EC) Nos 40/94 and 44/2001 — Community trade mark — Article 93(5) of Regulation (EC) No 40/94 — International jurisdiction relating to infringement — Determination of the place where the harmful event occurred — Cross-border participation by several persons in a single unlawful act

Case C‑360/12


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Document Date Name of the parties Subject-matter Curia EUR-Lex
Judgment (OJ)
18/07/2014 Coty Germany
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Judgment
ECLI:EU:C:2014:1318
05/06/2014 Coty Germany
EUR-Lex text EUR-Lex bilingual text
Judgment (Summary)
ECLI:EU:C:2014:1318
05/06/2014 Coty Germany
Opinion
ECLI:EU:C:2013:764
21/11/2013 Coty Germany
EUR-Lex text EUR-Lex bilingual text
Application (OJ)
19/10/2012 Coty Germany
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Reports of Cases

published in the electronic Reports of Cases (Court Reports - general)

Subject-matter

Reference for a preliminary ruling – Bundesgerichtshof – Interpretation of Article 93(5) of Council Regulation (EC) No 40/94 of 20 December 1993 on the Community trade mark (OJ 1994 L 11, p. 1) and of Article 5(3) of Council Regulation (EC) No 44/2001 of 22 December 2000 on jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters (OJ 2001 L 12, p. 1) – Community trade mark – International jurisdiction in matters of infringement – Act committed in one Member State consisting of assistance in an infringement carried out in the territory of a second Member State – Determination of the place where the harmful event occurred

Systematic classification scheme

1.
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.11 Approximation of laws
    4.11.03 European Union trade mark
      4.11.03.04 Procedure and legal proceedings
        4.11.03.04.05 Dispute before the national court
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.06 Area of freedom, security and justice
    4.06.02 Judicial cooperation in civil matters
      4.06.02.01 Jurisdiction, recognition and enforcement of judgments – Civil and commercial matters
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.06 Area of freedom, security and justice
    4.06.02 Judicial cooperation in civil matters
      4.06.02.01 Jurisdiction, recognition and enforcement of judgments – Civil and commercial matters


Citations of case-law or legislation

References in grounds of judgment

  • Regulation 40/94 -A09P1 : paragraph 4
  • Regulation 40/94 -A09P3 : paragraph 4
  • Regulation 40/94 -A14P2 : paragraphs 5, 40
  • Regulation 40/94 -A90 : paragraph 6
  • Regulation 40/94 -A90P2 : paragraph 28
  • Regulation 40/94 -A91P1 : paragraphs 7, 27
  • Regulation 40/94 -A92 : paragraphs 8, 26 - 28
  • Regulation 40/94 -A92P2 : paragraph 26
  • Regulation 40/94 -A93 : paragraphs 9, 29
  • Regulation 40/94 -A93P5 : paragraphs 1, 23 - 25, 30, 31, 35 - 38
  • Regulation 40/94 -A94P2 : paragraphs 10, 35
  • Regulation 40/94 -C15 : paragraph 3
  • Regulation 44/2001 -A02 : paragraph 13
  • Regulation 44/2001 -A02P1 : paragraphs 14, 44
  • Regulation 44/2001 -A03 : paragraph 13
  • Regulation 44/2001 -A03P1 : paragraph 15
  • Regulation 44/2001 -A04 : paragraph 13
  • Regulation 44/2001 -A05 : paragraph 13
  • Regulation 44/2001 -A05PT3 : paragraphs 1, 16, 23, 25, 28, 31, 32, 39, 42 - 44, 46, 47, 50 - 53, 59
  • Regulation 44/2001 -A06 : paragraph 13
  • Regulation 44/2001 -A07 : paragraph 13
  • Regulation 44/2001 -A08 : paragraph 13
  • Regulation 44/2001 -A09 : paragraph 13
  • Regulation 44/2001 -A10 : paragraph 13
  • Regulation 44/2001 -A11 : paragraph 13
  • Regulation 44/2001 -A12 : paragraph 13
  • Regulation 44/2001 -A13 : paragraph 13
  • Regulation 44/2001 -A14 : paragraph 13
  • Regulation 44/2001 -A15 : paragraph 13
  • Regulation 44/2001 -A16 : paragraph 13
  • Regulation 44/2001 -A17 : paragraph 13
  • Regulation 44/2001 -A18 : paragraph 13
  • Regulation 44/2001 -A19 : paragraph 13
  • Regulation 44/2001 -A20 : paragraph 13
  • Regulation 44/2001 -A21 : paragraph 13
  • Regulation 44/2001 -A22 : paragraph 13
  • Regulation 44/2001 -A23 : paragraph 13
  • Regulation 44/2001 -A24 : paragraph 13
  • Regulation 44/2001 -A25 : paragraph 13
  • Regulation 44/2001 -A26 : paragraph 13
  • Regulation 44/2001 -A27 : paragraph 13
  • Regulation 44/2001 -A28 : paragraph 13
  • Regulation 44/2001 -A29 : paragraph 13
  • Regulation 44/2001 -A30 : paragraph 13
  • Regulation 44/2001 -A31 : paragraph 13
  • Regulation 44/2001 -A68P2 : paragraph 17
  • Regulation 44/2001 -C2 : paragraph 11
  • Regulation 44/2001 -C11 : paragraph 12
  • Regulation 44/2001 -C12 : paragraph 12
  • Regulation 44/2001 -C15 : paragraph 12
  • Brussels Convention 1968 -A05P3 : paragraph 28
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -21/76 : paragraph 32
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -189/08 : paragraph 54
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -523/10 : paragraph 55
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -133/11 : paragraph 48
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -228/11 : paragraphs 43 - 48, 50 - 52
  • Court of Justice - Opinion C -360/12 : paragraph 36
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -170/12 : paragraph 55
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -45/13 : paragraph 32

Operative part

  • Interprets : Regulation 40/94 -A03P5
  • Interprets : Regulation 44/2001 -A05PT3

Opinion

  • Regulation 40/94 : points 15, 26
  • Regulation 40/94 -A90P1 : point 26
  • Regulation 40/94 -A90P2LA : point 27
  • Regulation 40/94 -A92 : point 27
  • Regulation 40/94 -A93 : points 27, 33, 39
  • Regulation 40/94 -A93P5 : points 2, 13, 17 - 44, 71
  • Regulation 40/94 -A94P2 : points 31, 39
  • Regulation 40/94 -C2 : point 40
  • Regulation 40/94 -C15 : points 26, 41
  • Regulation 40/94 -C16 : point 41
  • Regulation 40/94 -PR : point 41
  • Regulation 2100/94 : point 29
  • Regulation 2100/94 -A101P3 : point 29
  • Regulation 44/2001 : points 15, 26, 34 - 36, 43, 47, 60, 61
  • Regulation 44/2001 -A02 : point 27
  • Regulation 44/2001 -A02P1 : point 49
  • Regulation 44/2001 -A05PT3 : points 3, 13, 17, 21 - 33, 45, 49, 50, 57 - 59, 61, 64, 68, 69, 71
  • Regulation 44/2001 -A06PT1 : point 63
  • Regulation 44/2001 -A34PT3 : point 61
  • Regulation 44/2001 -A68P2 : point 26
  • Regulation 44/2001 -C11 : point 48
  • Regulation 44/2001 -C12 : point 50
  • Regulation 44/2001 -C15 : point 61
  • Regulation 6/2002 -A82P5 : point 29
  • Regulation 207/2009 : point 15
  • Regulation 1215/2012 : points 15, 60
  • Brussels Convention 1968 : points 26, 28, 35
  • Brussels Convention 1968 -A05PT3 : points 16, 29
  • Commission - COM Document (Draft Legislation) - 51980PC0635(02) : point 28
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -21/76 : points 16, 17, 23, 31, 32, 52
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -220/88 : point 58
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -364/93 : point 58
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -133/11 : point 17
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -228/11 : points 3, 47 - 53, 55, 59, 60, 65
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -170/12 : points 3, 47 - 52, 55, 56, 66 - 70
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -387/12 : point 3


Dates

Date of the lodging of the application initiating proceedings

  • 31/07/2012

Date of the Opinion

  • 21/11/2013

Date of the hearing

Information not available

Date of delivery

05/06/2014


References

Publication in the Official Journal

Judgment: OJ C 253 from 04.08.2014, p.6

Application: OJ C 343 from 10.11.2012, p.5

Name of the parties

Coty Germany

Notes on Academic Writings

  1. Hackbarth, Ralf: EuGH „Coty“: Teilnehmerhandeln im Ausland und internationale Zuständigkeit deutscher Gemeinschaftsmarkengerichte, Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht PRAX 2014 p.320-322 (DE)
  2. Kur, Annette: Durchsetzung gemeinschaftsweiter Schutzrechte: Internationale Zuständigkeit und anwendbares Recht - Zugleich Anmerkung zu den Entscheidungen EuGH, Rs. C-360/12 – Coty und EuGH, Rs. C-479/12 – Gautzsch , Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht INT 2014 p.749-760 (DE)
  3. Von Hein, Jan: Markenrecht: Internationale Zuständigkeit bei Markenverletzung durch mehrere Beteiligte, Europäische Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsrecht 2014 p.667-668 (DE)
  4. Musger, Gottfried: Verletzung einer Gemeinschaftsmarke: Zuständigkeit für markenrechtliche und parallele lauterkeitsrechtliche Ansprüche, Österreichische Blätter für gewerblichen Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht 2014 p.281-282 (DE)
  5. Laazouzi, Malik: Cour de justice, 4e ch., 5 juin 2014, Coty Germany, aff. C-360/12, ECLI:EU:C:2014:1318, Jurisprudence de la CJUE 2014 (Ed. Bruylant - Bruxelles) 2014 p.833-835 (FR)
  6. Idot, Laurence: Compétence en matière délictuelle et action en contrefaçon de marque, Europe 2014 Août-Septembre nº 8-9 p.46-47 (FR)
  7. Laurichesse, Céline: Cour de justice de l'Union européenne - 5 juin 2014 - Aff. C-360/12, Revue critique de droit international privé 2015 nº 1 p.197-207 (FR)
  8. Reydellet, Colin: Leçon 2 : De la matière délictuelle et de sa qualification....., Revue Lamy droit des affaires 2016 nº 111 p.33-36 (FR)
  9. Repas, Martina ; Keresteš, Tomaž: Kršitev blagovnih znamk na internetu - problemi in dileme pri določitvi mednarodne pristojnosti, Podjetje in delo 2019 nº 5 p.676-699 (SL)



Procedural Analysis Information

Source of the question referred for a preliminary ruling

Bundesgerichtshof - Germany

Subject-matter

  • Intellectual, industrial and commercial property
  • - Trade marks
  • area of freedom, security and justice
  • - Judicial cooperation in civil matters

Provisions of national law referred to

Information not available

Provisions of international law referred to

Information not available

Procedure and result

  • Reference for a preliminary ruling

Formation of the Court

quatrième chambre (Cour)

Judge-Rapporteur

Safjan

Advocate General

Jääskinen

Language(s) of the Case

  • German

Language(s) of the Opinion

  • French