Official Journal of the European Union

C 200/6

Request for a preliminary ruling from the Audiencia Provincial de Burgos (Spain) lodged on 7 March 2016 — Juan Moreno Marín, María Almudena Benavente Cárdaba and Rodrigo Moreno Benavente v Abadía Retuerta, S.A.

(Case C-139/16)

(2016/C 200/09)

Language of the case: Spanish

Referring court

Audiencia Provincial de Burgos

Parties to the main proceedings

Applicant: Juan Moreno Marín, Maria Almudena Benavente Cárdaba and Rodrigo Moreno Benavente

Other party: Abadía Retuerta, S.A.

Questions referred


May the prohibitions in Article 3(1)(c) of Directive 2008/95 (1) include the use of a sign referring to the characteristic of a product or service which is that it can be found in abundance in a single place with a high degree of value and quality?


May a sign with these characteristics be regarded as a sign of geographical origin in so far as the product or service will always be concentrated in a specific physical area?

(1)  Directive 2008/95/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2008 to approximate the laws of the Member States relating to trade marks (OJ 2008 L 299, p. 25).