Sweet Smells and a Sour Taste - The ECJ's L'Oréal decision
6 Pages Posted: 30 Nov 2009 Last revised: 12 Jan 2011
Date Written: August 17, 2009
In this brief comment on the ECJ’s decision L’Oréal v. Bellure (decision of 18 June 2009 case C-487/07 ) the authors argue that by protecting the reputation of a precious mark at the expense of consumer information about the availability of products legitimately offered on the market, the Court has failed to give an adequate response to the underlying conflict between the interests of the trade mark holder and freedom of commercial speech.
Keywords: Comparative advertising, unfair use of reputation, ECJ, freedom of commercial speech, Article 10 ECHR
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