Product and process functionality in shapes necessary to obtain a technical result under EU Trademark Law

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  • Bernardo Calabrese Universidad de Bolonia (Italia)

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https://doi.org/10.21134/lex.vi.480

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Product and process functionality in shapes necessary to obtain a technical result under EU Trademark Law

European Union law permits to register the shape of goods as a trademark, providing an ad hoc set of rules governing this particular category of signs . Both EU Trademark Directive and EU Trademark Regulation (with identical wording) codify three special absolute grounds for refusal or invalidity. These concern “signs which consist exclusively of: (i) the shape which result from the nature of the goods themselves; (ii) the shape of goods which is necessary to obtain a technical result; (iii) the shape which gives substantial value to the goods” 

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Bernardo Calabrese, Universidad de Bolonia (Italia)


Ph.D. in European Union Law, University of Udine Research fellow in Commercial Law, "Alma Mater Studiorum" University of Bologna


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2016-05-20

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