Haribo loses battle of the bears to Lindt
AFP · 11 Apr 2014, 14:32
Published: 11 Apr 2014 14:32 GMT+02:00
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"The court rejected Haribo's lawsuit. It could not find any resemblance between the written trademarks 'gold bear' and the Lindt Teddy," a court spokeswoman said.
Bonn-based Haribo had argued that the chocolate teddies, wrapped in gold foil, were a "three-dimensional representation of the words 'gold bear'."
But the court rejected Haribo's arguments, pointing out that Lindt's logo was clearly visible on the packaging and the teddies were much closer in appearance to the Swiss chocolate maker's own "gold bunnies" that are sold at Easter.
Haribo can now appeal and take the case to the Federal Court of Justice.