Scent... Copyrightable?

Wed, 27 Jun 2006 15:52:00 EST

An unprecedented case in French court of appeals last February held that scents are qualified for protection under copyright laws. In L'Oreal vs. Bellure N.V., Bellure was held liable for copying a number of L'Oreal's fragrances. This lead the way for another such case in the Dutch Supreme Court earlier this month where L'Oreal sought to disgorge profits from Kecofa's knockoff scents, and won. Should scents really be considered works of art, do their creators orchestrate scents with 'notes' of diverse fragrances?

European Vuitton vs. Google

Wed, 27 Jun 2006 14:47:00 EST

'A Paris appeals court is expected to issue a ruling Wednesday in a closely watched trademark violation case in which Louis Vuitton Malletier, a unit of LVMH, won an earlier round against Google. The Internet search company was ordered last year to pay Vuitton ?200,000, or $250,000, for trademark counterfeiting, unfair competition and misleading advertising.'

2006-06-27 QC Stats

Tue, 27 Jun 2006 12:36:00 EST

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2006-06-20 QC Stats

Wed, 21 Jun 2006 7:43:00 EST

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Trademark Infringement in Google AdWords Advertising Keywords?

Thu, 16 Jun 2006 16:35:00 EST

JP Enterprises filed a suit against Yahoo on the basis that Yahoo used it's trademark,, as a keyword in it's Google AdWords. This had the effect of advertising for dating websites owned by Yahoo and two other companies whenever someone searched for lovecity. JP Enterprises says that this is a deliberate misuse of its trademark. However, whether it causes confusion might be a bigger factor in this case.

Updated User Manual Available

Tue, 15 Jun 2006 13:15:00 EST

The second revision to the CDNameSearch 8.5 User Manual has been published.

US: Changes to E-Filings, Unpublished Decisions and E-Discovery

Tue, 15 Jun 2006 13:10:00 EST

Firasat M. Ali and Arturo E. Sandoval report that on the 12th of April 2006, the United States Supreme Court approved new amendments and rules to the Federal Rules of Appellate and Civil Procedure. Unless Congress enacts legislation to reject, modify or defer them, these amendments and rules will take effect on the 1st of December 2006.

2006-06-13 QC Stats

Tue, 13 Jun 2006 13:21:00 EST

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Canada: Famous Mark Not Likely To Trump

Mon, 8 Jun 2006 14:25:00 EST

The Supreme Court gave its decisions on two cases on June 2nd, 2006 (Mattel, Inc. v. 3894207 Canada Inc., 2006 SCC 22 and Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin v. Boutiques Cliquot LtÚe, 2006 SCC 23). The fact that 'Barbie' and 'Veuve Clicquot' were famous marks was not enough to trump a similar mark in dissimilar goods, reports Duncan Bucknell.

2006-06-06 QC Stats

Tue, 6 Jun 2006 14:43:00 EST

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