L’Oréal stance on replica products supported

A European Court of Justice ruling could expand the boundaries of trade mark law in Ireland, writes Grace Smith

29th August, 2009

In the English High Court last week, L’Oréal won the first round of a trademark dispute with a cosmetics company founded by Ali Hewson, wife of U2 frontman Bono. But the legal battle is likely to continue, reflecting the economic power of brands, which was also the subject of a recent ECJ decision.

Brands are not simply indicators of who makes a product or provides a service; they also generate a...

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