Judgment of the Court (Fourth Chamber) of 29 January 2020

Sky plc and Others v Skykick UK Limited and Skykick Inc

Request for a preliminary ruling from the High Court of Justice (Chancery Division)

Reference for a preliminary ruling — Approximation of laws — Community trade mark — Regulation (EC) No 40/94 — Articles 7 and 51 — First Directive 89/104/EEC — Articles 3 and 13 — Identification of the goods or services covered by the registration — Failure to comply with the requirements of clarity and precision — Bad faith of the applicant — No intention to use the trade mark for the goods or services covered by the registration — Total or partial invalidity of the trade mark — National legislation requiring the applicant to state that he or she intends to use the trade mark applied for

Case C-371/18


Top of the page Documents in the Case
Document Date Name of the parties Subject-matter Curia EUR-Lex
Judgment (OJ)
20/03/2020 Sky and Others
Judgment
ECLI:EU:C:2020:45
29/01/2020 Sky and Others
EUR-Lex text EUR-Lex bilingual text
Abstract
ECLI:EU:C:2020:45
29/01/2020 Sky and Others
Opinion
ECLI:EU:C:2019:864
16/10/2019 Sky and Others
EUR-Lex text EUR-Lex bilingual text
Application (OJ)
20/07/2018 Sky and Others
Top of the page Legal analysis of the decision or of the case

Reports of Cases

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

Subject-matter

Information not available

Systematic classification scheme

1.
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.11 Approximation of laws
    4.11.03 European Union trade mark
      4.11.03.01 Absolute grounds for refusal
        4.11.03.01.00 General
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.11 Approximation of laws
    4.11.09 Harmonised intellectual property rights
      4.11.09.01 Trade marks
        4.11.09.01.01 Absolute grounds for refusal
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.11 Approximation of laws
    4.11.03 European Union trade mark
      4.11.03.00 General
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.11 Approximation of laws
    4.11.09 Harmonised intellectual property rights
      4.11.09.01 Trade marks
        4.11.09.01.00 General
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.11 Approximation of laws
    4.11.03 European Union trade mark
      4.11.03.00 General
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.11 Approximation of laws
    4.11.09 Harmonised intellectual property rights
      4.11.09.01 Trade marks
        4.11.09.01.00 General
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.11 Approximation of laws
    4.11.03 European Union trade mark
      4.11.03.01 Absolute grounds for refusal
        4.11.03.01.06 Marks contrary to public policy or to accepted principles of morality
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.11 Approximation of laws
    4.11.09 Harmonised intellectual property rights
      4.11.09.01 Trade marks
        4.11.09.01.01 Absolute grounds for refusal
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.11 Approximation of laws
    4.11.03 European Union trade mark
      4.11.03.01 Absolute grounds for refusal
        4.11.03.01.11 Applicant acting in bad faith
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.11 Approximation of laws
    4.11.09 Harmonised intellectual property rights
      4.11.09.01 Trade marks
        4.11.09.01.01 Absolute grounds for refusal
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.11 Approximation of laws
    4.11.09 Harmonised intellectual property rights
      4.11.09.01 Trade marks
        4.11.09.01.00 General


Citations of case-law or legislation

References in grounds of judgment

Operative part

Opinion


Dates

Date of the lodging of the application initiating proceedings

  • 06/06/2018

Date of the Opinion

  • 16/10/2019

Date of the hearing

Information not available

Date of delivery

29/01/2020


References

Publication in the Official Journal

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Name of the parties

Sky and Others

Notes on Academic Writings

  1. Jehoram, Tobias Cohen ; Lokhorst, Geert: Depots van merken voor een breed scala aan waren en diensten: blijft 'the Sky the limit'? : noot, Berichten industriële eigendom 2020 p. 182-184 (NL)
  2. Verschuur, Anne-Marie E.: Sky / Skykick, Intellectuele eigendom & Reclamerecht 2020 p. 197-199 (DE)
  3. Smith, Joel ; Silver, Joanna: CJEU Decision in SkyKick Offers Relief to Trade Mark Owners, European Intellectual Property Review 2020, Vol 42, n° 5, p. 323-324 (EN)
  4. Wilding, Charlotte ; Reeve-Young, Richard: "Computer software": are overbroad trademark specifications bad faith and what does that mean for validity?, Computer and Telecommunications Law Review 2020 p. 121-125 (EN)
  5. Smith, Joel ; Silver, Joanna: CJEU decision in SkyKick offers relief to trade mark owners : Sky Plc v SkyKick UK Ltd (C-371/18), European Intellectual Property Review 2020 p. 323-324 (EN)
  6. Arnold, Richard: Broad specifications and intent to use : is the EU trade mark system credible? : case C-371/18 Sky v SkyKick, Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht INT 2021 p. 656-661 (EN)



Procedural Analysis Information

Source of the question referred for a preliminary ruling

High Court of Justice (Chancery Division) - United Kingdom

Subject-matter

  • Intellectual, industrial and commercial property
  • - Trade marks
  • Approximation of laws

Provisions of national law referred to

Information not available

Provisions of international law referred to

Information not available

Procedure and result

  • Reference for a preliminary ruling

Formation of the Court

quatrième chambre (Cour)

Judge-Rapporteur

Jürimäe

Advocate General

Tanchev

Language(s) of the Case

  • English

Language(s) of the Opinion

  • English