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The dispute of the luxury hotels: the bürgenstock wins in court against Ritz

In the summer of 2015, the bürgenstock hotel Management and license AG was deposited with the Institute for Intellectual property, the brand name Ritzcoffier behind. In contrast, the London, The Ritz Hotel and appeals to a put, because it saw its trademark rights violated. The Ritz Hotel was opened by Swiss Hotelier César Ritz in 1906.

Because the Institute of Intellectual property rejected the opposition, came to the Ritz to the Federal administrative court.This instance today released their verdict: the judges in St. Gallen to be rebuffed by the British Nobel hostel. The reason for this is that the Name Ritz in the Swiss hotel industry and the be distribution circuits to little common in order to be considered "well known".

No further appeal is possible

well-known marks enjoy for the sole reason of protection, because they are widely used and recognized. You do not need to be registered, therefore, if you are older.In order to prevent companies from avoiding the principle of trademark registration, to maintain the court to a very restrictive practice in the grounds of judgment.

the judgment of The Federal administrative court is final. Ritz can no longer go to the Federal court in Lausanne because it is an appeal against a decision of the Institute for Intellectual property.The Ritzcoffier is one of the top Swiss restaurants. It was awarded with 17 Gault-Millau points and 1 Michelin star.

Created: 04.12.2019, 17:11 PM

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