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General Court rejects Glaxo’s trade mark application for colour purple for inhalers (Glaxo Group v EUIPO (Nuance de couleur pourpre))

Published on: 11 September 2020
Published by: LexisPSL
  • General Court rejects Glaxo’s trade mark application for colour purple for inhalers (Glaxo Group v EUIPO (Nuance de couleur pourpre))
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  • What did the court decide?
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Article summary

IP analysis: The General Court has upheld the rejection of Glaxo’s application to register the colour purple (Pantone 2587C) for pharmaceutical preparations and inhalers for treating asthma. The General Court held that there was a practice of using different colours to indicate different characteristics of inhalers. In those circumstances, there was a public interest in ensuring that no single entity had a monopoly over a colour for that sort of product. Glaxo had also failed to evidence acquired distinctiveness of the mark sought, despite collating extensive survey and marketing data, because the data could not be extrapolated to other Member States and was of little probative value. Written by Joshua Marshall, senior associate, at Fieldfisher LLP. or take a trial to read the full analysis.

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