English soccer club Arsenal has been granted exclusive rights to apparel bearing its name and logo after an earlier ruling by the UK's High Court was overturned today by the European Court of Justice.

Arsenal instigated the court action after it accused a London street vendor selling unauthorised Arsenal T-shirts and other products of violating EU trademark rules. Arsenal lawyers argued that if these sales continued then the court would have encouraged wholesale copy-catting of major brand names - thereby eroding European trademark protection rights.

The EU Court agreed the London soccer club has had exclusive rights since 1989 to apparel bearing the name "Arsenal," "Arsenal Gunners" or the team's shield-and-cannon badge.

It added the club also had the right to prevent street vendors from selling copies of the logos for their own benefit - and that owners of a trademark "must be able to prevent its use by a third party if that use is liable to affect the guarantee of origin of the goods."

Street vendor Matthew Reed, however, claims he posted signs on his stalls to explain that his wasn't official Arsenal merchandise - and that he will continue to trade.