November 2017. Pi-Design, the Swiss company that sells kitchen equipment and double-walled coffee glasses under the trademark Bodum, has failed to halt the European registration of the very similar Bonum brand for coffee-makers.

No proof

While there’s little doubt that the name Bonum infringes Bodum’s trademark, on 20 October 2017 the European Trademark Office nevertheless rejected Pi-Design’s opposition. The Swiss company apparently hadn’t submitted the registration certificate of the trademark Bodum within the specified deadline. That left EUIPO with little option but to throw out the claim.