The European Court of Justice recently granted Volkswagen AG limited rights to use the trademark “Variant” in Spain, despite opposition from the country’s Nacional Motor SA, which manufactures performance motorcycles and scooters. VW wanted to use the name to sell vehicles, engines and repair services in Spain. However, Nacional, based in Martorelles, claimed consumers would confuse the name with its own trademarks, including Derbivariant, Derbi Variant and Variantderbi. All primarily ...

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