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Waselius & Wist successfully represented a German company and its Finnish subsidiary in the automotive industry in a trademark and auxiliary trade name dispute in the Market Court.
A Finnish company filed a lawsuit on infringement of its auxiliary trade name and trademark against our client. Our client filed a counterclaim and requested annulment of the claimant’s auxiliary trade name and invalidation of its trademark registration. The auxiliary trade name was annulled, and the trademark invalidated, but on different grounds despite being practically identical. The auxiliary trade name was annulled due to non-use and the trademark invalidated due to lack of distinctiveness. Since the claimant lost its exclusive rights, the infringement claim was dismissed. Read more