Judgment of the Court of 20 March 2003.

LTJ Diffusion SA v Sadas Vertbaudet SA.

Reference for a preliminary ruling: Tribunal de grande instance de Paris - France.

Trade marks - Approximation of laws - Directive 89/104/EEC - Article 5(1)(a) - Notion of sign which is identical with the trade mark - Use of the distinctive element of the mark to the exclusion of other elements - Use of all the elements making up the trade mark but with the addition of other elements.

Case C-291/00.


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Document Date Name of the parties Subject-matter Curia EUR-Lex
Judgment (OJ)
10/05/2003 LTJ Diffusion
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Judgment
ECLI:EU:C:2003:169
20/03/2003 LTJ Diffusion
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Judgment (Summary)
ECLI:EU:C:2003:169
20/03/2003 LTJ Diffusion
Opinion
ECLI:EU:C:2002:27
17/01/2002 LTJ Diffusion
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Reports of Cases

2003 I-02799

Subject-matter

Article 5(1) of the First Directive of the Council to approximate the laws of the Member States relating to trade marks (89/104/EEC) - Prohibition on using a "sign identical with a mark" - Use of the distinctive feature of a mark without use of the other elements - Use of all the components of a mark with new elements - "Arthur...et Félicie"

Systematic classification scheme

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


Citations of case-law or legislation

References in grounds of judgment

Operative part

Opinion


Dates

Date of the lodging of the application initiating proceedings

  • 26/07/2000

Date of the Opinion

  • 17/01/2002

Date of the hearing

Information not available

Date of delivery

20/03/2003


References

Publication in the Official Journal

Application: OJ C 273 from 23.09.2000, p.9

Judgment: OJ C 112 from 10.05.2003, p.3

Name of the parties

LTJ Diffusion

Notes on Academic Writings

  1. Buhrow, Astrid: Wann sind Marken identisch?, European Law Reporter 2003 p.166-167 (DE)
  2. Visser, D.J.G.: Art. 13 A lid 1 sub a BMW geldt alleen voor (vrijwel) identieke tekens zonder toevoeging, Bijblad bij de industriële eigendom 2003 p.203 (NL)
  3. Drijber, B.J.: Ondernemingsrecht 2003 p.308-309 (NL)
  4. Speyart, Herman M.H.: Intellectuele eigendom & Reclamerecht 2003 p.241 (NL)
  5. Jorio, Massimo: Giurisprudenza italiana 2003 p.1173 (IT)
  6. Durrande, Sylviane: Contrefaçon par reproduction. Notion de reproduction, Recueil Le Dalloz 2003 Jur. p.2686 (FR)
  7. Spoor, J.H.: Nederlandse jurisprudentie ; Uitspraken in burgerlijke en strafzaken 2004 nº 208 (NL)
  8. Van der Kooij, P.A.C.E.: De minimis curat praetor, Bijblad bij de industriële eigendom 2004 p.136-139 (NL)
  9. Bonet, Georges: Revue trimestrielle de droit européen 2004 p.97-134 (FR)
  10. Anemaet, Lotte: Beslissen in sub a zaken: onnodig ingewikkeld?, Berichten industriële eigendom 2019 p.2-13 (NL)



Procedural Analysis Information

Source of the question referred for a preliminary ruling

Tribunal de grande instance de Paris - France

Subject-matter

  • Approximation of laws
  • Intellectual, industrial and commercial property

Provisions of national law referred to

Code de la propriété intellectuelle, art. L 713-2 et L 713-3

Provisions of international law referred to

Information not available

Procedure and result

  • Reference for a preliminary ruling

Formation of the Court

Cour plénière (Cour)

Judge-Rapporteur

Macken

Advocate General

Jacobs

Language(s) of the Case

  • French

Language(s) of the Opinion

  • English