World footballer Neymar won today in the trademark dispute over his own famous name before the European Court. The word mark NEYMAR was registered as a trade mark in 2012. Today's judgment confirms the declaration of invalidity of that mark and also finds trademark filing in bad faith.
When can a product designation infringe a protected trademark? And may a trademark owner sue even if he knows of the use as a trademark? The OLG Frankfurt am Main had to decide this question in a trademark dispute over pepper spray names.