Court of Appeal judges in the United Kingdom rejected the application by the confectionery giant, saying its four-fingered bar was not "distinctive" enough to warrant trademark protection.
Lord Justice Kitchen said, "We are concerned here with... the three-dimensional shape of a chocolate bar, that has no distinctiveness".
Now three top Appeal Court judges have agreed. The Court ruled in December that this does not apply to four other countries (Belgium, Greece, Ireland and Portugal), a rulingNestlé will also appeal.
Yesterday, Chancellor of the High Court Lord Justice Vos, Lord Justice Kitchin and Lord Justice Floyd issued a unanimous opinion. Cadbury is leading the battle against Nestle's move out of what appears to be some sort of big brand business spite, as Nestle has previously tried to stop it from trademarking Dairy Milk's purple shade.
A spokesperson for Nestle said: "Nestle is disappointed by the Court of Appeal judgment and is considering next steps". It has nothing, therefore, to do with the informed choices that consumers make between similar products'. But she said the latest court ruling set a high bar for success.
The appeal judges determined that while the four-finger shape might be "very well known" with KitKat, "that does not necessarily mean that the public have come to perceive the shape as a badge of origin such that they would rely upon it alone to identify the product as coming from a particular source".
It said KitKat's shape has been granted trademark protection in countries including Germany, France, Australia, South Africa and Canada.
She said the case is interesting as it examines the type of use and consumer recognition required to obtain monopoly protection over a shape mark.
Robert Guthrie, a partner in the IP litigation department at global firm Osborne Clarke, said the contrast with the general court ruling may be that the Court of Appeal was less inclined to follow the approach as a result of Brexit and that this is an early indication of the ways in which United Kingdom and European Union trade marks may diverge.
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