Van Doren + Q GmbH v Lifestyle sports + sportsewar Handelgesellschaft mbH and another: ECJ 8 Apr 2003

The claimant was exclusive agent for the trademark holder for Germany. The defendant sold goods it had not bought from the claimant, but bearing the mark. The defendant alleged exhaustion of the claimant’s rights.
Held: The burden of proving exhaustion of rights lay on the defendant, unless he could show that the result would be to create a real risk of the partitioning of the market. If he established that, then the burden of proving that the products had been placed on the market outside the EEAwith his consent so as to disapply article 7(1). The parties disoputed whether the goods were first marketed in the EEA. The importer argued that to disclose its sources would deter its suppliers in the future, thus enabling the proprietor to partition the market in the EEA. The Court of Justice held that Articles 28 and 30EC were applicable so that in such circumstances the proprietor had to show initially that the goods were not first marketed in the EEA with its consent. The Advocate General considered whether there was a duty on the proprietor to assist the importer identify the source of goods.


C-244/00, Times 29-Apr-2003, [2003] EUECJ C-244/00, [2003] ECR I-3051, [2003] CEC 348, [2003] 2 CMLR 6, [2004] All ER (EC) 912, [2003] ETMR 75




First Council Directive 89/104/EEC Art 7

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CitedOracle America Inc v M-Tech Data Ltd SC 27-Jun-2012
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Updated: 07 June 2022; Ref: scu.180810