MONOPOLY decision on bad faith: a blow for repeated trade mark filing strategies

In the eagerly-awaited MONOPOLY judgment, the General Court (GC) confirmed that the MONOPOLY mark was filed in bad faith - to the extent it covered identical goods and services - because the challenged EUTM was a re-filing of three earlier identical EUTMs. It also confirmed that administrative efficiency resulting from reliance on marks not subject to use is not a good reason for repeated trade mark filings, not even for goods for which the mark is in use.

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