June 19, 2019 / 8:48 AM / a month ago

Adidas says ruling only affects certain uses of 3-stripe trademark

MUNICH, June 19 (Reuters) - Adidas said on Wednesday it was disappointed with a European Union court ruling declaring its three-stripe trademark invalid but the German sporting goods firm said the decision would only affect a particular use of the famous symbol.

The European Union’s second highest court ruled on Wednesday that Adidas’ three-stripe branding was invalid as a trademark as it lacked a distinctive character.

“This ruling is limited to this particular execution of the 3-stripe mark and does not impact on the broad scope of protection that Adidas has on its well-known 3-stripe mark in various forms in Europe,” Adidas said in a statement. (Reporting by Alexander Huebner Writing by Michelle Martin, editing by Emma Thomasson)

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