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100th ANNIVERSARY: January-February, 2011 Vol. 101 No. 1 Back to TMR Main Page
 
Trademark Functions and Protected Interests in the Decisions of the European Court of Justice
 
 
In the European trademark system, the decisions of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) have played a fundamental role in orienting the interpretation and application of trademark law for nearly forty years—starting well before the enactment of Community trademark legislation. The objective of this article is to retrace the steps of the ECJ with regard to the juridically protected function of trademarks and the interests worthy of protection by trademark law, and attempt a global assessment of the Court’s direction and impact.
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