The Luxembourg Court of First Instance has concluded that the European Commission may continue to call its satellite navigation project Galileo. What’s the issue, you might be wondering.
Well, Galileo International Technology (an online airline reservation company) sued to enjoin use of the name for the space project or, alternatively, that the court order the European Commission to pay damages or compensation (I assume a sort-of compulsory license). The court did neither.
The court concluded that there was no risk of confusion — at all. In denying GIT’s claims, the court noted, “in choosing the Galileo name to designate their brands, products and services, the plaintiff could not ignore that they were inspired by the first name of the famous Italian mathematician, physician and astronomer, one of the largest personalities in European scientific culture,” and that the plaintiff(s) “exposed themselves to the risk” of a trademark dispute.”