Judgment of the Court (Second Chamber), 8 May 2014

Bimbo SA v Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (Trade Marks and Designs) (OHIM)

Appeal — Community trade mark — Opposition proceedings — Application for registration of the word mark BIMBO DOUGHNUTS — Earlier Spanish word mark DOGHNUTS — Relative grounds for refusal — Regulation (EC) No 40/94 — Article 8(1)(b) — Global assessment of the likelihood of confusion — Independent distinctive role of one element of a composite word mark

Case C‑591/12 P



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Document Date Name of the parties Subject-matter Curia EUR-Lex
Judgment (OJ)
13/06/2014 Bimbo v OHIM
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Judgment
ECLI:EU:C:2014:305
08/05/2014 Bimbo v OHIM
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Judgment (Summary)
ECLI:EU:C:2014:305
08/05/2014 Bimbo v OHIM
Opinion
ECLI:EU:C:2014:34
23/01/2014 Bimbo v OHIM
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Application (OJ)
08/02/2013 Bimbo v OHIM
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Reports of Cases

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

Subject-matter

Appeal brought against the judgment of the General Court (Seventh Chamber) of 10 October 2012 in Case T569/10 Bimbo SA v Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (Trade Marks and Designs) (OHIM) whereby the General Court dismissed an action for annulment brought by the applicant for the word mark ‘BIMBO DOUGHNUTS’ for goods in Class 30 against the decision R 838/20094 of the Fourth Board of Appeal of the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM) of 7 October 2010 dismissing the action against the decision of the Opposition Division refusing registration of that mark in opposition proceedings brought by the proprietor of the international and national word marks ‘DONUT’, ‘DOGHNUTS’ and ‘DONUTS’ and the international and national figurative marks containing the word ‘donuts’ for goods in Class 30  Article 8(1)(b) of Regulation (EC) No 207/2009 – Likelihood of confusion

Systematic classification scheme

1.
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.11 Approximation of laws
    4.11.03 European Union trade mark
      4.11.03.02 Relative grounds for refusal
        4.11.03.02.02 Likelihood of confusion with an earlier mark
          4.11.03.02.02.00 General
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.11 Approximation of laws
    4.11.03 European Union trade mark
      4.11.03.02 Relative grounds for refusal
        4.11.03.02.02 Likelihood of confusion with an earlier mark
          4.11.03.02.02.03 Similarity between marks
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.11 Approximation of laws
    4.11.03 European Union trade mark
      4.11.03.02 Relative grounds for refusal
        4.11.03.02.02 Likelihood of confusion with an earlier mark
          4.11.03.02.02.00 General


Citations of case-law or legislation

References in grounds of judgment

  • Regulation 40/94 : paragraph 2
  • Regulation 40/94 -A08P1 : paragraph 3
  • Regulation 40/94 -A08P1LB : paragraph 29
  • Regulation 207/2009 : paragraph 2
  • Regulation 207/2009 -A08P1LB : paragraphs 11, 19
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -251/95 -N22 : paragraph 20
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -251/95 -N23 : paragraph 21
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -120/04 : paragraph 36
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -120/04 -N30 : paragraph 24
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -120/04 -N36 : paragraph 24
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -334/05 -N33 : paragraph 19
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -334/05 -N34 : paragraph 20
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -334/05 -N35 : paragraph 21
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -334/05 -N41 : paragraphs 22, 23
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -334/05 -N42 : paragraph 23
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -193/06 -N32 : paragraph 19
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -193/06 -N33 : paragraph 20
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -193/06 -N34 : paragraph 21
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -193/06 -N42 : paragraph 23
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -193/06 -N43 : paragraph 23
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -51/09 -N37 : paragraph 25
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -51/09 -N38 : paragraph 25
  • Court of Justice - Order C -23/09 -N47 : paragraph 25
  • Court of Justice - Order C -353/09 -N36 : paragraph 24
  • Court of Justice - Order C -353/09 -N36 : paragraph 25
  • Court of Justice - Order C -353/09 -N37 : paragraph 25
  • General Court - Judgment T -569/10 : paragraphs 1 - 50
  • Court of Justice - Order C -14/12 -N2 : paragraph 12
  • Court of Justice - Order C -346/12 -N2 : paragraph 12
  • Court of Justice - Opinion C -591/12 : paragraph 34

Operative part

Opinion


Dates

Date of the lodging of the application initiating proceedings

  • 10/12/2012

Date of the Opinion

  • 23/01/2014

Date of the hearing

Information not available

Date of delivery

08/05/2014


References

Publication in the Official Journal

Judgment: OJ C 202 from 30.06.2014, p.5

Application: OJ C 55 from 23.02.2013, p.6

Name of the parties

Bimbo v OHIM

Notes on Academic Writings

  1. Blum, Jeremy ; Pollard, Briony: Bimbo and Composite Trade Marks: A Review of the European Approach to Assessing Confusion, European Intellectual Property Review 2015 p.46-50 (EN)



Procedural Analysis Information

Source of the question referred for a preliminary ruling

Information not available

Subject-matter

  • Intellectual, industrial and commercial property
  • - Trade marks

Procedure and result

  • Actions for annulment
  • Appeals : dismissal on substantive grounds
  • Appeals : dismissal on grounds of inadmissibility

Formation of the Court

deuxième chambre (Cour)

Judge-Rapporteur

Arabadjiev

Advocate General

Mengozzi

Language(s) of the Case

  • English

Language(s) of the Opinion

  • Italian