July 15, 2008

eBay Wins Trademark Case Against Tiffany & Co.

eBay Inc. scored an important victory in court Monday, as a federal judge said companies such as jeweler Tiffany & Co. are responsible for policing their trademarks online, not auction platforms like eBay. Tiffany had sued eBay over the sale of counterfeit jewelry on eBay's sites. U.S. District Judge Richard J. Sullivan in New York said in a ruling that eBay can't be held liable for trademark infringement "based solely on their generalized knowledge that trademark infringement might be occurring on their Web sites." Sullivan's ruling came in response to a lawsuit filed in 2004.

Originally published by Staff and wire reports.

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