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|Title:||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||Authors:||Özkan, C.Y.||Issue Date:||2022||Publisher:||Oxford University Press||Abstract:||The Messi case,1 which originated with the decision of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) in 2011 and was finalized in 2020, surprised the IP world/practitioners with the remarks of the first instance court and the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) as their findings were contrary to the established case law regarding the implementation of the relative grounds of refusal. Lionel Messi was a party to the court case as the applicant of the later application for the same classes of goods; the first instance court overruled the appeal of the owner of the earlier trademark based on relative grounds, given Lionel Messi's reputation as a famous football player and thus the reputation of his surname 'Messi', even though the two trademarks were considered visually and phonetically similar. It was reiterated in the court decision that the reputation of the owner of the later trademark application neutralized the likelihood of confusion with the earlier trademark. Moreover, the judgment (dated 17 September 2020) of the Tenth Chamber of the CJEU went beyond the ordinary scope of trademark law. In this study we will discuss, in the context of the Messi decision, the influence of the reputation of a later trademark on conceptual differentiation and the possible results of not adducing evidence proving the reputation of a trademark. © 2021 Published by OUP and CH Beck on behalf of GRUR e.V. All rights reserved.||URI:||https://doi.org/10.1093/grurint/ikab100
|Appears in Collections:||Scopus İndeksli Yayınlar Koleksiyonu / Scopus Indexed Publications Collection|
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