Judge Backs eBay in Tiffany Lawsuit

Susan Hall

A federal judge has handed a victory to eBay by ruling that companies such as jewelry giant Tiffany & Co. are responsible for defending their brands, not the online auction site, according to an Associated Press story in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.


Tiffany sued eBay in 2004, saying most things listed on the site as original Tiffany merchandise actually were knock-offs and the site wasn't doing anything about it. The auction site has argued that it needs complaints from the trademark holder to know when there are fakes, according to The Register.


That story quotes from the ruling:

The law demands more specific knowledge as to which items are infringing and which seller is listing those items before requiring eBay to take action.

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