(Source: Court of Justice of the EU)
Those designations are protected vis-à-vis prohibited conduct in respect of both products andservices
GB owns tapas bars in Spain and uses the sign CHAMPANILLO to designate and promote hisestablishments. In his advertising, he uses an image of two champagne coupes containing asparkling beverage.
The Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne (CIVC), an organisation which safeguardsthe interests of champagne producers, brought an action before the Spanish courts seeking toprohibit the use of the term champanillo (which in Spanish means ‘little champagne’) on the groundthat the use of that sign infringes the protected designation of …