Language of document : ECLI:EU:T:2020:321

JUDGMENT OF THE GENERAL COURT (Fifth Chamber)

8 July 2020 (*)

(Community design — Invalidity proceedings — Registered Community design representing a pneumatic power tool — Earlier design — Proof of disclosure — Article 7 of Regulation (EC) No 6/2002 — Ground for invalidity — Individual character — Different overall impression — Article 6(1)(b) of Regulation No 6/2002)

In Case T‑748/18,

Glimarpol sp. z o.o., established in Bytom (Poland), represented by M. Kondrat, lawyer,

applicant,

v

European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), represented by A. Folliard-Monguiral and H. O’Neill, acting as Agents,

defendant,

supported by

Metar sp. z o.o., established in Gliwice (Poland), represented by R. Skubisz and M. Mazurek, lawyers,

intervener,

ACTION brought against the decision of the Third Board of Appeal of EUIPO of 4 October 2018 (Case R 1615/2017-3), relating to invalidity proceedings between Metar and Glimarpol,

THE GENERAL COURT (Fifth Chamber),

composed of D. Spielmann (Rapporteur), President, U. Öberg and R. Mastroianni, Judges,

Registrar: E. Coulon,

having regard to the application lodged at the Court Registry on 21 December 2018,

having regard to the response lodged at the Court Registry on 11 March 2019,

having regard to the order of 19 June 2019 rejecting Metar’s application for leave to intervene pursuant to Article 173(1) of the Rules of Procedure of the General Court,

having regard to the order of 18 September 2019 granting Metar leave to intervene in support of the form of order sought by EUIPO under Article 143 of the Rules of Procedure,

having regard to the intervener’s letter of 20 October 2019 in which it waived its right to lodge a statement in intervention,

having regard to the fact that no request for a hearing was submitted by the parties within three weeks after service of notification of the close of the written part of the procedure, and having decided to rule on the action without an oral part of the procedure, pursuant to Article 106(3) of the Rules of Procedure of the General Court,

gives the following

Judgment

 Background to the dispute

1        On 25 October 2012, the applicant, Glimarpol Sp. z o.o., filed an application for registration of a Community design with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), pursuant to Council Regulation (EC) No 6/2002 of 12 December 2001 on Community designs (OJ 2002 L 3, p. 1).

2        The design in respect of which registration was sought is represented as follows:

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