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Case T-447/16: Judgment of the General Court of 24 October 2018 — Pirelli Tyre v EUIPO — Yokohama Rubber (Representation of an L-shaped groove) (EU trade mark – Invalidity proceedings – EU figurative mark representing an L-shaped groove – Absolute ground for refusal – Sign consisting exclusively of the shape of goods which is necessary to obtain a technical result – Article 7(1)(e)(ii) of Regulation (EC) No 40/94 – Article 7(1)(e)(ii) of Regulation (EC) No 207/2009 (now Article 7(1)(e)(ii) of Regulation (EU) 2017/1001) – Regulation (EU) 2015/2424 – Application of the law ratione temporis – Shape of the goods – Nature of the sign – Account taken of material relevant to identifying the essential characteristics of the sign – General interest underlying Article 7(1)(e)(ii) of Regulation No 40/94)
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