In trademark law, Sieckmann v German Patent and Trademark Office (case C-273/00) issued on December 12, 2002, is widely recognised as a landmark decision of the European Court of Justice on the graphical representation of non-conventional trademarks under the European Trade Marks Directive. The case illustrates difficulties with the graphical representation of scent marks, as the ECJ held that these representations, whether individually or collectively, could not satisfy this requirement.

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  • In trademark law, Sieckmann v German Patent and Trademark Office (case C-273/00) issued on December 12, 2002, is widely recognised as a landmark decision of the European Court of Justice on the graphical representation of non-conventional trademarks under the European Trade Marks Directive. The case involved a "methyl cinnamate" scent, which the applicant had described "as balsamically fruity with a slight hint of cinnamon". The ECJ ruled that (a) a chemical formula depicting this scent did not represent the odour of a substance, was not sufficiently intelligible, nor sufficiently clear and precise; (b) a written description was not sufficiently clear, precise and objective; and (c) a physical deposit of a sample of the scent did not constitute a graphic representation, and was not sufficiently stable or durable. The case illustrates difficulties with the graphical representation of scent marks, as the ECJ held that these representations, whether individually or collectively, could not satisfy this requirement. (en)
  • Sieckmann, voluit Ralf Sieckmann t. Deutsches Patent- und Markenamt (HvJ EG 12 december 2002, nr. C-273/00), is de roepnaam van een arrest van het Hof van Justitie van de Europese Gemeenschappen gewezen op 12 december 2002, betreffende een verzoek om een prejudiciële beslissing van het Duitse Bundespatentgericht over de uitlegging van artikel 2 van de Europese Merkenrichtlijn (Richtlijn 89/104/EEG). Het arrest heeft betrekking op de mogelijkheid om geuren als merk te deponeren. (nl)
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  • Sieckmann, voluit Ralf Sieckmann t. Deutsches Patent- und Markenamt (HvJ EG 12 december 2002, nr. C-273/00), is de roepnaam van een arrest van het Hof van Justitie van de Europese Gemeenschappen gewezen op 12 december 2002, betreffende een verzoek om een prejudiciële beslissing van het Duitse Bundespatentgericht over de uitlegging van artikel 2 van de Europese Merkenrichtlijn (Richtlijn 89/104/EEG). Het arrest heeft betrekking op de mogelijkheid om geuren als merk te deponeren. (nl)
  • In trademark law, Sieckmann v German Patent and Trademark Office (case C-273/00) issued on December 12, 2002, is widely recognised as a landmark decision of the European Court of Justice on the graphical representation of non-conventional trademarks under the European Trade Marks Directive. The case illustrates difficulties with the graphical representation of scent marks, as the ECJ held that these representations, whether individually or collectively, could not satisfy this requirement. (en)
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  • Arrest Sieckmann (nl)
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