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EUIPO’s Grand Board rules in preference of Iceland

The Icelandic authorities plus parties to the case anxious that it was necessary to reach a substantive finding in the Plank of Appeals’ deliberation from the case, this being an unprecedented case for Icelandic interests as there are no recognized incidences of a similar utilization of a geographical name within trademark law. The celebrations to the case have had a number of meetings over the years to discuss the compromise, but these have not yielded an acceptable conclusion. In 2019, the EUROPEAN Intellectual Property Office approved all of the Icelandic State’s demands when it concluded that the retail chain’s brand registration of the word indicate ICELAND was invalid in its entirety. In its ruling associated with December 15, the Grand Board of Appeal confirms all the points of that selecting. The time-limit to attractiveness the finding to the Court of Justice of the European Union  is 15 February 2023.
Europe Intellectual Property Office’s Fantastic Board of Appeal offers rejected all of the requests of the British retail chain Iceland Foods Ltd regarding the use of the word mark Iceland . The company can no longer stop Icelandic enterprises from identifying themselves with their nation of origin when marketing and advertising their goods and services in the European Economic Area.
“This finding is really a big victory and shields the value inherent in being able to identify with the country associated with origin and the valuable trademark Iceland , ” said Minister better Education, Science and Development Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir. “It is also likely that the obtaining will affect developments within international intellectual property legislation and it is pleasing to think that will Iceland is leading that process. ”
The case concerns the basic interests of Icelandic enterprises involved in foreign trade. The Icelandic authorities, in partnership with Business Iceland and the SA Confederation of Icelandic Enterprise, filed Iceland’s request for a declaration of invalidity with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) within 2016.   Oral procedures before the Board of Appeal were held last Sept. The Icelandic State’s 2016 request that EUIPO invalidate the word mark ICELAND has been based on the trademark not fulfilling the legal requirements regarding registration as a European Union trademark.
The Board of Appeals’ findings regarding the term mark
The Board of Appeals’ findings regarding the logo “This unequivocal finding of the Board of Appeal is very pleasing; nevertheless , this entire case is rather absurd, ” said Minister for Foreign Affairs Þórdís Kolbrún Reykfjörð Gylfadóttir. “It is of prime importance with regard to Icelandic export enterprises to be able to refer to their origin, especially considering that our country has a reputation for purity and high quality. No-one should be able to claim ownership of the name of a sovereign state. ”

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