4.4.2016   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

C 118/8


Request for a preliminary ruling from the Oberlandesgericht Düsseldorf (Germany) lodged on 21 December 2015 — W.F. Gözze Frottierweberei GmbH, Wolfgang Gözze v Verein Bremer Baumwollbörse

(Case C-689/15)

(2016/C 118/09)

Language of the case: German

Referring court

Oberlandesgericht Düsseldorf

Parties to the main proceedings

Appellants: W.F. Gözze Frottierweberei GmbH, Wolfgang Gözze

Respondent: Verein Bremer Baumwollbörse

Questions referred

1.

Can the use of an individual mark as a certification mark constitute, in relation to the goods for which it is used, use as a trade mark for the purposes of Articles 9(1) and 15(1) of Council Regulation (EC) No 207/2009 of 26 February 2009 on the Community trade mark? (1)

2.

If Question 1 is to be answered in the affirmative: is such a mark to be declared invalid, in accordance with Article 52(1)(a) in conjunction with Article 7(1)(g) of Council Regulation (EC) No 207/2009 of 26 February 2009 on the Community trade mark, or to be revoked, in accordance with a mutatis mutandis application of Article 73(c) of that regulation, if the proprietor of the mark fails to ensure that expectations in trade relating to the quality associated with the sign are being met by carrying out periodic quality controls at its licensees?


(1)  OJ 2009 L 78, p. 1.