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News article28 July 2022

First Ever Oral Hearing Before the EUIPO Grand Board of Appeal

On 9 September 2022, the EUIPO’s Grand Board will hold its first-ever oral hearing in Appeal cases

The case tackles an invalidity request made by the Icelandic Ministry for Foreign Affairs against a British supermarket chain, “Iceland.” It deals principally with the alleged descriptiveness and non-distinctiveness of the figurative and word marks “Iceland” (R 1613/2019-G,  and R 1238/2019-G) in a wide range of classes of the Nice classification.

The proceedings will be in English, and the hearing will take place on 9 September 2022 at 09.30 and the general public is invited to attend online. In addition, a limited number of places will also be made available at the EUIPO’s premises in Alicante for in-person attendees.

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28 July 2022