View Full Version : Tiffany loses to ebay on forgeries

Woody Turner
Jul-14-2008, 4:01pm
In today's New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/technology/tech-ebay-tiffany.html

Jul-15-2008, 9:49am
The court got one right. It is the responsibility of the Trademark owner to protect that Trademark. Ebay has the VeRO program to allow Trademark owners to easily report listings that violate their Trademarks and have those listings removed.

Jim MacDaniel
Jul-15-2008, 10:14am
I agree with Tom on all counts.

What I found particularly interesting about this case, was eBay's claim that T&Co's trademark protection concern was a red herring, and they were actually trying to control -- and limit -- distribution channels for their products. I'm not sure if I buy that, since I would assume that legitimate T&Co auctions on eBay are typically of preowned merchandise, but then again, I don't really follow eBay jewelry listings as closely as I do for their mandolin-related listings. ;)