Adidas stumped; iconic three-stripe trademark ruled invalid by EU court

Adidas's three-stripes have been ruled invalid as a trademark by a European Union court which said they lacked a distinctive character recognisable throughout the 28-country bloc. But the German sporting goods company, whose shares were down 1.

3% in a broadly weaker market, said the court's ruling on Wednesday only affects a particular use of the symbol. The sporting goods industry has seen a rise in trademark and patent disputes as the biggest players try to differentiate their products and justify premium pricing. High-profile.....

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