Judgment of the Court (First Chamber) of 25 January 2007.

Adam Opel AG v Autec AG.

Reference for a preliminary ruling: Landgericht Nürnberg-Fürth - Germany.

Reference for a preliminary ruling - Trade Marks - Article 5(1)(a) and (2), and Article 6(1)(b) of the First Directive 89/104/EEC - Right of a trade mark proprietor to prevent use by a third party of a sign identical or similar to the trade mark - Trade mark registered for motor vehicles and for toys - Reproduction of the trade mark by a third party on scale models of that make of vehicle.

Case C-48/05.


Top of the page Documents in the Case
Document Date Name of the parties Subject-matter Curia EUR-Lex
Judgment (OJ)
10/03/2007 Adam Opel
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Judgment (Summary)
ECLI:EU:C:2007:55
25/01/2007 Adam Opel
Judgment
ECLI:EU:C:2007:55
25/01/2007 Adam Opel
EUR-Lex text EUR-Lex bilingual text
Opinion
ECLI:EU:C:2006:154
07/03/2006 Adam Opel
EUR-Lex text EUR-Lex bilingual text
Application (OJ)
02/04/2005 Adam Opel
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Top of the page Legal analysis of the decision or of the case

Reports of Cases

2007 I-01017

Subject-matter

Reference for a preliminary ruling -- Landgericht Nürnberg--Fürth (Germany) -- Interpretation of Article 5(1)(a) and Article 6(1)(b) of Directive No 89/104/EEC: First Directive of the Council to approximate the laws of the Member States relating to trade marks (OJ L 40, p.1) -- Right of the proprietor of a trademark to oppose its use by a third person -- Reproduction of the logo of a motor vehicle manufacturer on toy model cars

Systematic classification scheme

1.
B European Community (EEC/EC)
  B-11 Approximation of laws
    B-11.07 Harmonisation of trade mark law
      B-11.07.03B
11 null
  11.07 null
    11.07.03B
11 null
  11.07 null
    11.07.03B
11 null
  11.07 null
    11.07.03


Citations of case-law or legislation

References in grounds of judgment

Operative part

Opinion


Dates

Date of the lodging of the application initiating proceedings

  • 08/02/2005

Date of the Opinion

  • 07/03/2006

Date of the hearing

Information not available

Date of delivery

25/01/2007


References

Publication in the Official Journal

Application: OJ C 82 from 02.04.2005, p.15

Judgment: OJ C 56 from 10.03.2007, p.4

Name of the parties

Adam Opel

Notes on Academic Writings

  1. Karl, Roland: Anbringung des Opel-Logos auf Modellfahrzeug, Europäische Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsrecht 2007 p.181 (DE)
  2. Mariatte, Flavien: Marque, Europe 2007 Mars Comm. nº 102 p.23-24 (FR)
  3. Karl, Roland: Die markenrechtliche Stellung des Modellherstellers gegenüber dem Hersteller des Vorbilds, Ecolex 2007 p.269 (DE)
  4. Vatankhah, Parwis: Benutzung einer fremden Marke als Teil einer Gesamtkopie, European Law Reporter 2007 p.93-99 (DE)
  5. Casaburi, G.: Il Foro italiano 2007 IV Col.137-138 (IT)
  6. Körber, Thomas C. ; Tomy Lee, U-Ju: Rechtliche Bewertung der Markenbenutzung in Computerspielen nach dem Opel-Blitz-Urteil des EuGH, Wettbewerb in Recht und Praxis 2007 p.609-615 (DE)
  7. Kosmopoulos, M.: Epitheorisis tou Emporikou Dikaiou 2007 p.157-160 (EL)
  8. Pihlajarinne, Taina: EY-tuomioistuimen Opel-ratkaisu (25.1.2007, C-48/05): tavaramerkin käyttö auton pienoismallissa, Lakimies 2007 p.624-631 (FI)
  9. Brdarski, Stojan: In the aftermath of Opel v. Autec - Is the requirement of trade mark use relevant or not?, Nordiskt immateriellt rättsskydd 2007 p.255-269 (EN)
  10. Skubisz, Ryszard: Używanie zarejestrowanego oznaczenia jako przesłanka naruszenia prawa z rejestracji znaku towarowego - glosa do wyroku ETS z 25.01.2007 r. w sprawie C-48/05 Adam Opel, Europejski Przegląd Sądowy 2007 Vol. 12 p.41-45 (PL)
  11. Koppensteiner, Hans-Georg: Markenverletzung und Merkmalsangabe?, Ecolex 2007 p.873-874 (DE)
  12. Koppensteiner, Hans-Georg: Memo: Lauterkeitsrechtlicher Schutz für bekannte Marken?, Ecolex 2007 p.874 (DE)
  13. Koppensteiner, Hans-Georg: Marke und Spielzeug, Ecolex 2007 p.693-696 (DE)
  14. Koppensteiner, Hans-Georg: Memo: Schutz der bekannten Marke nur bei fehlender Warenähnlichkeit, Ecolex 2007 p.696-697 (DE)
  15. Visser, Dirk: Schaalmodellenrecht, Een eigen, oorspronkelijk karakter : opstellen aangeboden aan prof. mr. Jaap H. Spoor (Ed. DeLex - Amsterdam) 2007 p.367-376 (NL)
  16. Azéma, Jacques: Propriétés incorporelles. Propriété industrielle, Revue trimestrielle de droit commercial et de droit économique 2007 p.712-715 (FR)
  17. Vida, Sándor: A védjegyoltalom tartalma, terjedelme - az Európai Bíróság ítélete az OPEL-ügyben, Iparjogvédelmi és Szerzői Jogi Szemle 2007 3.szám p.48-59 (HU)
  18. Gielen, Charles ; Verschuur, Anne-Marie: Adidas v Marca II: Undue Limitations of Trade Mark Owner's Rights by the European Court of Justice?, European Intellectual Property Review 2008 p.254-258 (EN)
  19. Gielen, Ch.: Jurisprudentie Intellectuele Eigendom 1953-2014 (Ed. 2015 Ars Aequi Libri, Nijmegen) 2015 p.123-125 (NL)
  20. Gielen, Ch.: Opel/Autec, Ars aequi 2019 p.320-323 (NL)



Procedural Analysis Information

Source of the question referred for a preliminary ruling

Landgericht Nürnberg-Fürth - Germany

Subject-matter

  • Approximation of laws
  • Intellectual, industrial and commercial property

Provisions of national law referred to

Markengesetz (MarkenG), Paragraphen 14 und 23

Provisions of international law referred to

Information not available

Procedure and result

  • Reference for a preliminary ruling

Formation of the Court

première chambre (Cour)

Judge-Rapporteur

Ilešič

Advocate General

Ruiz-Jarabo Colomer

Language(s) of the Case

  • German

Language(s) of the Opinion

  • Spanish