Trade mark rights and drug trafficking don’t mix for the EUIPO!

The association of the name Pablo Escobar with drug trafficking by the Spanish public could not allow the name “Pablo Escobar” to be registered as a trade mark, as this could have been perceived as contrary to EU values.

Despite respect for the presumption of innocence of the man who was never convicted, the rejection of the trademark registration on the grounds of public order seems, thus more than justified.