25.2.2012   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

C 58/14


Action brought on 21 December 2011 — Commission/OHMI — European Alliance for Solutions and Innovations (EASI European Alliance Solutions Innovations)

(Case T-659/11)

2012/C 58/27

Language in which the application was lodged: English

Parties

Applicant: European Commission (represented by: A. Berenboom, A. Joachimowicz, and M. Isgour, lawyers, J. Samnadda, and F. Wilman, Agents)

Defendant: Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (Trade Marks and Designs)

Other party to the proceedings before the Board of Appeal: European Alliance for Solutions and Innovations Ltd (London, United Kingdom)

Form of order sought

Annul the decision of the Fourth Board of Appeal of the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (Trade Marks and Designs) of 11 October 2011 in case R 1991/2010-4;

Declare therefore invalid the Community trademark No 6112403 registered on 17 October 2008 by the other party to the proceedings before the Board of Appeal in classes 36, 37, 44 and 45; and

Order the defendant to pay the costs.

Pleas in law and main arguments

Registered Community trade mark in respect of which a declaration of invalidity has been sought: The figurative mark ‘EASI European Alliance Solutions Innovations’ in the colours ‘yellow, light blue, blue’, for services in classes 36, 37, 44 and 45 — Community trade mark registration No 6112403

Proprietor of the Community trade mark: The other party to the proceedings before the Board of Appeal

Applicant for the declaration of invalidity of the Community trade mark: The applicant

Grounds for the application for a declaration of invalidity: The party requesting the declaration of invalidity grounded its request on absolute grounds laid down in Article 52(1)(a) in conjunction with Article 7(1)(c) and (h) of Council Regulation (EC) No 207/2009

Decision of the Cancellation Division: Rejected the request for declaration of invalidity

Decision of the Board of Appeal: Dismissed the appeal

Pleas in law: The contested decision infringes Article 7(1)(h) of Council Regulation No 207/2009 in conjunction with Article 6 ter (1) of the Paris Convention in so far as the Community trade mark (‘CTM’) has been registered, although its registration falls within the scope of prohibition laid down in those provisions. The contested decision also violates Article 7(1)(g) in so far as such a registration would deceive the public by making them believe that the products and services for which the CTM is registered are approved or endorsed by the European Union or one of its institutions.