- Court of Justice holds that trade mark for the shape of a single tyre groove is valid (Yokohama Rubber v Pirelli Tyre)
- What are the practical implications of this case?
- What was the background?
- What did the court decide?
- Case details
IP analysis: The Court of Justice has upheld the General Court’s judgment that a trade mark for the shape of a single groove in a tyre tread is not barred from registration on the grounds that the shape is necessary to create a technical result. On its own, the single groove does not create any technical result. Written by Giles Parsons, partner, and Connor Griffith, trainee solicitor, at Browne Jacobson LLP.
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