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CJEU Case C-240/18 P / Judgment

Constantin Film Produktion GmbH v European Union Intellectual Property Office

Policy area:
Culture
Deciding Body type:
Court of Justice of the European Union
Deciding Body:
Court (Fifth Chamber)
Type:
Decision
Decision date:
27/02/2020

Key facts of the case:

Appeal — EU trade mark — Regulation (EC) No 207/2009 — Article 7(1)(f) — Absolute ground for refusal — Mark contrary to accepted principles of morality — Word sign ‘Fack Ju Göhte’ — Rejection of the application for registration.

Outcome of the case:

On those grounds, the Court (Fifth Chamber) hereby:

  1. Sets aside the judgment of the General Court of 24 January 2018, Constantin Film Produktion v EUIPO (Fack Ju Göhte) (T‑69/17, not published, EU:T:2018:27);
  2. Annuls the decision of the Fifth Board of Appeal of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) of 1 December 2016 (Case R-2205/2015-5) relating to an application for registration of the word sign ‘Fack Ju Göhte’ as an EU trade mark;
  3. Orders the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) to bear its own costs and pay those incurred by Constantin Film Produktion GmbH in relation both to the proceedings at first instance in Case T‑69/17 and on appeal.