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ECJ boosts adidas in three-stripe row

Eklavya Gupte, London

Trade mark owners could benefit from broader protection as a result of a European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling in a dispute over the adidas three-stripe trade mark

In its judgment on Thursday, the Court said the requirement that certain signs should remain available to third parties cannot in general be taken into account when assessing the scope of the exclusive rights provided by a trade mark.


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