The EU has made Oktoberfest a protected term.
Nevertheless, a beer festival with this title should still take place in Dubai.
While the city insists on its new rights, the organizer is still waiting for the necessary licenses.
Despite trademark protection: “Oktoberfest Dubai” should continue to be called
City invokes its rights
The organizers of the Wüsten-Wiesn were still waiting for the necessary licenses
Not only the Munich Oktoberfest has to be canceled this year: The desert Oktoberfest, which should take place in Dubai from October 7th, has also been removed from the calendar this year.
The signs that there is a huge question mark over the Oktoberfest imitation are getting bigger and bigger.
In addition, the Oktoberfest is a completely new
The organizers, headed by Charles Blume from Munich, are still sticking to their “Oktoberfest Dubai” concept.
Is the next legal trouble looming?
City emphasizes: Trademark protection does not only apply in the EU
“Our Oktoberfest Dubai will keep its name and will not be renamed. In addition, as you probably know, Dubai is not located in Europe, ”explains Blume when asked by tz. He firmly assumes that the trademark protection, which the EU Intellectual Property Authority (EUIPO) confirmed this week, only applies to
souvenirs and fan articles
. "This protection says nothing else."
The city of Munich clearly contradicts this!
The economic department makes it clear: The trademark protection also applies explicitly to the term “Oktoberfest”.
And not just in the European Union.
"Is also in the United Arab Emirates, for example, such a protection." He continued: "As any rights holder and we believe that these (brand) respecting the rights of everyone else." The city had
successfully sued the other hand, *
, that Blume initially called his desert event “Oktoberfest goes Dubai”.
Even now she trusts in German jurisdiction.
There is still no date for a beer tapping in Dubai
It remains unclear whether the Wüsten-Wiesn Anfag will even be able to kick off in 2022. There is currently no specific date, the opening was postponed in July - so far without a replacement. The organizers have also removed all content from www.oktoberfest-dubai.com. There is also an information sheet for those interested on Charles Blume's homepage. All dates for the organization and structure of the event have been deleted. Blume currently does not want to answer questions to tz inquiries: "Give us a few more days, we are on the final stages of obtaining all the necessary licenses." *
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