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Judgment of the General Court (Sixth Chamber) of 20 July 2017 —
Diesel v EUIPO — Sprinter megacentros del deporte (Representation of a curved and angled line)

(Case T521/15)

(EU trade mark — Opposition proceedings — Application for an EU figurative mark representing a curved and angled line — Earlier EU figurative mark representing a capital letter ‘D’ — Relative ground for refusal — Likelihood of confusion — Article 8(1)(b) of Regulation (EC) No 207/2009)

1.      EU trade mark — Appeals procedure — Action before the EU judicature — Jurisdiction of the General Court — Re-evaluation of the facts in the light of evidence produced for the first time before it — Exclusion

(Council Regulation No 207/2009, Art. 65)

(see para. 17)

2.      EU trade mark — Definition and acquisition of the EU trade mark — Signs of which a trade mark may consist — Signs composed of a letter or combination of letters — Relative grounds for refusal — Opposition by the proprietor of an earlier identical or similar mark registered for identical or similar goods or services — Likelihood of confusion with the earlier mark — Criteria for assessment

(Council Regulation No 207/2009, Arts 4, 7 and 8(1)(b))

(see paras 21, 61, 62)

3.      EU trade mark — Definition and acquisition of the EU trade mark — Relative grounds for refusal — Opposition by the proprietor of an earlier identical or similar mark registered for identical or similar goods or services — Likelihood of confusion with the earlier mark — Criteria for assessment

(Council Regulation No 207/2009, Art. 8(1)(b))

(see paras 23, 24, 58-60)

4.      EU trade mark — Definition and acquisition of the EU trade mark — Relative grounds for refusal — Opposition by the proprietor of an earlier identical or similar mark registered for identical or similar goods or services — Likelihood of confusion with the earlier mark — Figurative mark representing a curved and angled line and figurative mark representing a capital letter ‘D’

(Council Regulation No 207/2009, Art. 8(1)(b))

(see paras 27, 56, 67-70)

5.      EU trade mark — Definition and acquisition of the EU trade mark — Relative grounds for refusal — Opposition by the proprietor of an earlier identical or similar mark registered for identical or similar goods or services — Likelihood of confusion with the earlier mark — Weighing elements of similarity or difference between the signs — Taking into account of the intrinsic characteristics of the signs or the conditions in which the goods or services are marketed — Clothing sector

(Council Regulation No 207/2009, Art. 8(1)(b))

(see para. 57)

Re:

ACTION brought against the decision of the Second Board of Appeal of EUIPO of 18 June 2015 (Case R 3291/2014-2), relating to opposition proceedings between Diesel and Sprinter megacentros del deporte.

Operative part

The Court:

1.

Annuls the decision of the Second Board of Appeal of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) of 18 June 2015 (Case R 3291/2014-2);

2.

Orders EUIPO to bear its own costs and to pay those incurred by Diesel SpA;

3.

Orders Sprinter megacentros del deporte, SL to bear its own costs.