The EU Intellectual Property Office’s trademark appellate board is not bound by the result of a related court decision, the EU Court of Justice ruled on July 21 (Apple and Pear Australia Ltd v. EUIPO, E.C.J., C-226/15 P, 7/21/16).

A court in Brussels had found a likelihood of confusion between Carolus C BVBA’s “English Pink” mark and Apple and Pear Australia Ltd.'s (A&P) registered marks. A&P argued that the EUIPO, which was hearing its opposition to Carolus’s registration...