EU Judge Says Ix-nay


In what has to be one of the most ill-advised lawsuits in telecom trademarks, Asterix & Obelix, the French cartoon strip has lost its claim to the suffix “ix”. A huge tragedy no doubt.

Advocate General Verica Trstenjak who recommended the ECJ dismiss the publisher’s appeal after concluding that none of the publisher’s arguments could be accepted.

Dow Jones News, 2008-12-18

About five years ago Orange trademarked the term “Mobelix” for a number of telephone applications, including calling cards, and telephony equipment. It seems that the crack legal experts from Asterix & Obelix publishing house felt they could make a case of this suspected ‘infringement’ of the two letter “ix”. After about four years of legal wrangling a EU judge has ruled the entire case made by Asterix & Obelix was unacceptable.┬áThis, after the case passed like a bad smell through every lower court in Europe. What a good use of the system. Read more news on this subject.

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