Official Journal of the European Union

C 48/26

Request for a preliminary ruling from the Högsta domstolen (Sweden) lodged on 7 December 2015 — Länsförsäkringar AB v A/S Matek

(Case C-654/15)

(2016/C 048/31)

Language of the case: Swedish

Referring court

Högsta domstolen

Parties to the main proceedings

Applicant: Länsförsäkringar AB

Defendant: A/S Matek

Questions referred

The questions concern the interpretation and application of Article 9(1)(b) of Council Regulation (EC) No 207/2009 of 26 February 2009 on the Community trade mark where third parties use, without consent, in the course of trade, a sign similar to a Community trade mark (1).

The questions are:


Does it affect the proprietor’s exclusive right that, within a period of five years following registration, he has not made genuine use of the Community trade mark in the European Union for goods or services covered by the registration?


If the answer to question 1 is in the affirmative, in what circumstances and in what way does that situation affect the exclusive right?

(1)  OJ 2009 L 78, p. 1.