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INTA's Trademark Reporter Romania case summary - Flags, Coats of Arms and Other Insignia (European Union)

By Aura Campeanu, published in the March/April 2012 edition of the IAR Trademark Reporter

In August 2010, observation notices were filed against 101 national trademark applications in the name of Silviu Vasile Prigoana, a Romanian individual, on behalf of the European Commission, the European Union’s executive body that represents and upholds the interests of the European Union. The applications were all composed, in part, of a figurative element depicting a circle of 12 gold stars (imitating the European Union emblem) placed on top of an abstract blue arch, and a word element in the form of a Romanian city name followed by the word “TV” (see the example below, illustration at left). (Filing observations is a newly introduced procedure in the process of trademark registration in Romania and is similar to the procedure set forth in Article 40 of the Community Trade Mark Regulation (CTMR) (Council Regulation (EC) No. 207/2009, Feb. 26, 2009). Specifically,...

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