Tag Archives: Court of Justice of the European Union

When appealing bears fruit: Pear Technologies v EUIPO – Apple

Are apples different from pears? Or are they both just fruit? Or, as cockney rhyming slang would have it, are they stairs? These are the questions (excepting the last one) that the distinguished judges of the Court of Justice of the European Communities (CJEU) have been gr-apple-ing with in the recent case of Pear Technologies v EUIPO – Apple [2019] EUECJ T-215/17. Aside from offering opportunities for highly amusing wordplay, this recent decision includes some useful guidance on the CJEU’s approach to the visual and conceptual comparison of signs in trade mark disputes.

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“Multi-let-tricity” – electrifying changes

“Electricity” – a song written by Elton John and Lee Hall for Billy Elliot – reveals young Billy feeling “electricity, electricity, sparks inside of me, and I’m free, I’m free”. Some tenants of multi-let buildings may also feel as free as Billy, knowing they may be free to choose their own energy supplier.

In 2008, the Court of Justice of the European Union held that allowing an airport to enter into an exclusive contact for the supply of energy is contrary to EU competition rules. The decision had significant implications, not just for the development of distributed energy and private wire networks, but also for the Government’s plans to deliver “zero carbon buildings”.

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