But I've Done Nothing Wrong! - Can You Infringe a Trademark Without Using the Trademark At All?
Andrei Mincov's commentary on the original article
The decision is not about whether there is infringement "without use." It's about whether removing the trademark from someone else's products constitutes use, which, in turn, may constitute an infringement. Court of Justice of the European Union has answered this latter question with a YES. Here's the lesson we can draw from this case: don't mess with others' trademarks.