In Budziewska v Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM), the General Court has upheld a decision of the Third Board of Appeal of OHIM in finding that the registration of a jumping cat-like animal logo by Budziewska was invalid on the basis that it lacked individual character. It was found that the overall impression of the mark was similar to a number of earlier trade mark registrations including the pouncing puma logo registered by Puma SE.
This article explains the decisions of the General Court in more detail.
This article first appeared on WTR Daily, part of World Trademark Review, in November 2013.
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