Judgment of the Court (Tenth Chamber) of 17 September 2020

European Union Intellectual Property Office v Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini and J.M. EV e hijos SRL v European Union Intellectual Property Office

Appeal – EU trade mark – Regulation (EC) No 207/2009 – Article 8(1)(b) – Opposition proceedings – Application for EU figurative mark MESSI – Earlier EU word marks MASSI – Partial refusal of registration

Case C-449/18 P and C-474/18 P



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Document Date Name of the parties Subject-matter Curia EUR-Lex
Judgment (OJ)
30/10/2020 EUIPO v Messi Cuccittini
Judgment
ECLI:EU:C:2020:722
17/09/2020 EUIPO v Messi Cuccittini
EUR-Lex text EUR-Lex bilingual text
Judgment (Information)
ECLI:EU:C:2020:722
17/09/2020 EUIPO v Messi Cuccittini
Application (OJ)
12/10/2018 EUIPO v Messi Cuccittini
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Reports of Cases

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Subject-matter

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Systematic classification scheme

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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
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Opinion

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Dates

Date of the lodging of the application initiating proceedings

  • 06/07/2018

Date of the Opinion

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Date of the hearing

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Date of delivery

17/09/2020


References

Publication in the Official Journal

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Name of the parties

EUIPO v Messi Cuccittini

Notes on Academic Writings

  1. Torenbosch, Jorn R. ; Vrielink, Jesper: De fasentoets in het licht van Equivalenza en Messi : (C-328/18 P), (C-449/18 P), Intellectuele eigendom & Reclamerecht 2021 p. 186-193 (NL)
  2. Martin, Stefan: Lionel Messi v EUIPO: 2-0. Court of Justice blows final whistle on opposition proceedings involving Leo Messi : Cases C449/18P and C474/18P, MESSI (fig.)/MASSI et al., Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice 2021 p. 9–11 (EN)
  3. Sztoldman, Agnieszka: The Lionel Messi case : trade mark's reputation blurred with personal notoriety : EUIPO v Messi Cuccittini (C-449/18 P), European Intellectual Property Review 2021 p. 408-411 (EN)
  4. Cerroni, Marco: Corte di giustizia : 17 settembre 2020, cause C-449/18 P e C-474/18 P, Rivista di diritto industriale 2021 2 p. 174-195 (IT)
  5. Chatry, Sylvain: Arrêt Messi : notoriété et faits notoires pour l'appréciation du risque de confusion, Dalloz IP / IT 2021, nº 1, p. 37-38 (FR)
  6. Özkan, Çiğdem Yatağan: Messi vs. Massi, prior right vs. reputation : the decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union and its assessment with regard to the Turkish trademark law : C-449/18 P and C-474/18 P EUIPO v Messi Cuccittini and J.M.-E.V. e hijos v Messi Cuccittini, Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht INT 2022 p. 123-130 (EN)



Procedural Analysis Information

Source of the question referred for a preliminary ruling

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Subject-matter

  • Intellectual, industrial and commercial property
  • - Trade marks

Provisions of national law referred to

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Provisions of international law referred to

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Procedure and result

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

Formation of the Court

dixième chambre (Cour)

Judge-Rapporteur

Regan

Advocate General

Tanchev

Language(s) of the Case

  • Spanish

Language(s) of the Opinion

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