The EU Court of Justice clarifies exhaustion of trademark principles and broadens the interpretation of economic links between trademark owners (Schweppes / Red Paralela)

On 20 December 2017, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“ECJ”) handed down its judgment in Case C-291/16 Schweppes v Red Paralela and Others. The ECJ held that the owner of a trademark may not oppose the parallel importation of goods bearing an identical trademark but originating in another Member State in circumstances where the owner has assigned the parallel trademark to a third party but is responsible for maintaining the image and impression of a uni ed global trademark. In his non-binding opinion, Advocate General (“AG”) Mengozzi had earlier proposed to develop the case-law on the exhaustion of trademark rights in the case of a voluntary fragmentation of parallel rights by signi cantly broadening the interpretation of ‘economic links’ between the parallel rights owners (see

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Peter L'Ecluse, The EU Court of Justice clarifies exhaustion of trademark principles and broadens the interpretation of economic links between trademark owners (Schweppes / Red Paralela), 20 December 2017, e-Competitions Intellectual property, Art. N° 85788

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