Information regarding the Suzuki trademark

By 26/07/2018Black Board

The Situation in Germany

The Federal Patent Court in Germany has decided on July 2, 2013, (reference number 24 W (pat) 520/11) that the term “SUZUKI” is a descriptive indication of musical educational activities, and therefore
cannot be protected by trademark in Germany.

This means that the name “SUZUKI” may be used freely by anyone
in connection with music pedagogy and training.

The Situation in Europe

Moreover, the European Office for Harmonization has decided on November 12, 2014, (reference number 000007149C) to delete the ISA “SUZUKI” trademark for the following goods and musical education services because
the International Suzuki Association (ISA) had not used the trademark “SUZUKI” for these activities.
On request, copies of both decisions can be made available by us.

In plain language, this means that neither
the European Suzuki Association (ESA) nor the International Suzuki Association (ISA)
have the right to prohibit free usage of the term “SUZUKI” in connection with musical educational services
in Germany and throughout Europe.

Any indication to the contrary is false.


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