Sportswear firm Adidas, famous for its three-stripe logo, could lose the right to use the stripes on its sports clothes following a ruling in the Europe Union's top court.

The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg on Thursday recommended dismissing a case brought by Adidas against Dutch-based Fitnessworld Trading Ltd which uses a two-stripe logo.

Advocate general Francis Jacobs said trademark owners could not stop others using signs that are similar to their trademarks, provided they were used as decoration.

Although advocate general's opinions are non-binding, court decisions often echo them.