EU: FIFA Wins Groundbreaking Dispute with Ferrero

Tue, 13 Dec 2005 10:06:00 EST

FIFA has successfully denied Ferrero from registering the trademark "Deutschland 2006," as it is similar to FIFA's own registered marks. "Despite the fact that Ferrero had expected such a petition from FIFA and had therefore deposited a so-called letter of protection with the court outlining its legal interpretation, the Hamburg district court ruled in favour of FIFA."

"In previous proceedings, the Hamburg district court had decided that Ferrero's attempts to register 'Deutschland 2006' as a mark were unfairly obstructing FIFA's commercial activities.

Furthermore, Ferrero had officially declared before the Frankfurt district court several weeks ago that it would stop using the designation 'WM 2006' on its goods."

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