Ferrari bonnet unregistered design?

Mansory Design sells tuning kits with which the appearance of a 'normal' Ferrari 488 GTB can be transformed to look like a FXX-K, a rare race car of which only a few exist. Main characteristic of the latter is the V shape of the bonnet (hood). Ferrari has not protected the appearance of this car as a registered design however it opposes the sale of the tuning kits, relying on an unregistered design. This normally applies to the entire product. Can Ferrari rely on a part of such a design?


Court holds that this is possible but only if the part has been clearly recognizable during the first public showing. This leaves plenty of ground for discussion. It is therefore questionable whether the court will accept Ferrari’s claim. This usually does not hold true for ordinary consumer products. Lesson learned for producers: if you aim to claim the design of a product as a whole or in part, go for a registered design. This allows you to indicate very precisely that you also want protection for a certain part in addition to the entire model.


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Puma is one of the bigger sports and lifestyle brands in the world. The core-business is the design, development and sale of (sports) shoes, (sports) clothing and accessories. In 1960, Puma registered an international trademark for a device designed in 1958: the formstrip. Since then, Puma has registered approximately 90 formstrip trademarks with validity in the Benelux or the European Union. Puma claims that this is a serial mark. Monshoe is a wholesaler of women's shoes and related products. The company designs and develops Monshoe shoes which it largely markets itself. Monshoe sells its women's shoes under the brands Shoecolate and Pearlz. The shoe Shoecolate is offered in various colour combinations. Puma claims that Monshoe infringes its well-known formstrip trademark. Monshoe contradicts this and states that the average consumer will not perceive the device of Monshoe on the sneakers as a trademark. And if the public will recognize a trademark in the decoration, it will not make the connection to Puma. According to Monshoe, the formstrip logo is not a well-known trademark within the meaning of the BVIE and the UMVo. There is no likelihood of confusion because the sign does not or hardly evoke any association with Puma among the public. In light of the above, who is right? Does this constitute decorative use or linking to a well-known trademark?