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IP Insights: General Court confirms that BLACK IRISH is descriptive for beverages

November 2022

As part of the WTR series EUROPEAN UNION | Legal updates: case law analysis and intelligence, Andreea Bende, Partner, recently authored an overview titled “General Court confirms that BLACK IRISH is descriptive for beverages“.

The thesis:

  • The EUIPO rejected an application for BLACK IRISH for goods in Classes 30, 32 and 33 on the ground that it was descriptive
  • The General Court agreed, finding that the public would perceive the mark as an indication of the colour and geographical origin of the goods
  • The mark was descriptive of an intrinsic characteristic which is inherent to the nature of the goods

To download the full article, please click HERE.

This article first appeared on WTR Daily, part of World Trademark Review, in October 2022. For further information, please go to www.worldtrademarkreview.com


To raise awareness on intellectual property aspects and to help companies understand the relevant concepts, risks and benefit connected to such, SIMION & BACIU constantly contributes expert views to reputable publications, such as WTR Daily.


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