The Czech Republic Supreme Court confirms that invoking trademark rights to prevent parallel imports can be an abuse of dominant position (Fiskars / Mountfield)

On 29 May 2019, the Supreme Court (SC) partially granted an extraordinary appealed lodged by Mountfield against the previous judgment of the High Court in Prague of 23 May 2017 (Ref.No. 3 Cmo 132/2016) in a dispute with Fiskars concerning an alleged violation of Firskars’ rights to trademarks and unfair competition by Mountfield. The SC especially confirmed that the High Court was wrong to conclude that an exercise of rights to trademarks to prevent parallel imports can never be an abuse of dominant position and, hence, it was wrong to reject Mountfield’s defense to that effect without a proper assessment. The SC (with references to EU case-law) held that under extraordinary circumstances even invoking IP rights (incl. trademarks) can be considered an abuse of dominant position and,

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Jiri Kindl, The Czech Republic Supreme Court confirms that invoking trademark rights to prevent parallel imports can be an abuse of dominant position (Fiskars / Mountfield), 29 May 2019, e-Competitions Parallel imports, Art. N° 92881

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