Spain 1 Chile 0 (after extra time)

Quite why it’s taken five years of legal wrangling to work this out is beyond me, but the European Court of Justice has ruled that people aren’t stupid enough to mistake the Chilean carrier LAN for Spain’s Air Nostrum.

Perhaps LAN felt its lawyers were being underused when it sent them out to pursue Air Nostrum for having the audacity to register the trademark ‘Lineas Aereas del Mediterraneo LAM’ which, LAN claimed, would create “a likelihood of confusion” on the part of the average Spanish consumer.

LAN’s lack of faith in the aforementioned consumers’ intellect hasn’t swayed the European court, which has released nine pages of detailed explanation about why ‘LAN’ and ‘Lineas Aereas del Mediterraneo LAM’ aren’t similar at all, dismissed LAN’s claim and, into the bargain, told it to cough up the costs.


One Response to Spain 1 Chile 0 (after extra time)

  1. Henk 18 February, 2011 at 3:48 pm #

    Surely it is Linhas Aereas de Moçambique, otherwise known as LAM who should be complaining…..

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