Deichmann has lost a lawsuit against a Spanish producer of sneakers and sports shoes, Munich, regarding the use of a cross on its footwear. In a ruling issued in June, but only made public recently, the General Court of the European Union rejected an appeal made by the German company against a decision made on Dec. 4, 2015, by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) in favor of Munich. In 2010, Munich started infringement proceedings against Deichmann in a German regional court in Düsseldorf. The court requested that Deichmann submit an application to EUIPO to revoke and invalidate the registration of the trademark, which dated back to March 24, 2004, on the ground that it had not been put to genuine use in the European Union. On Aug. 7, 2014, the Cancellation Division of EUIPO upheld Deichmann's request, revoked the trademark and ordered Munich to pay the costs. But, following an appeal by Munich, EUIPO's fourth Board of Appeal dismissed the application of revocation on evidence of the trademarks' use for sports footwear.