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Translation Series: The Tea Board v. Mr. Jean-Luc Dusong

Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal, Vol. 28, p. 431, 2010

Cardozo Legal Studies Research Paper No. 352

7 Pages Posted: 20 Sep 2011 Last revised: 5 Jul 2016

Justin Hughes

Loyola Law School Los Angeles

Diane Artal

Yeshiva University

Date Written: September 29, 2010

Abstract

THE TEA BOARD v. Mr. Jean-Luc DUSONG is a November 22, 2006 decision of the Paris Court of Appeals reversing a lower court ruling that a semi-figurative trademark consisting of the word DARJEELING and the picture of a teapot for books, magazines, and consulting services was lawful and did not constitute consumer deception. Reasoning that the Indian Tea Board had protectable rights to DARJEELING under the Paris Convention and the TRIPS Agreement, the Court of Appeals found that the defendant’s trademark was a “parasitic use” and wrongful conduct under article 1382 of the Civil Code. The Court ordered that defendant’s trademark be cancelled.

Keywords: Trademark, Geographical Indications, GI, TRIPS, Parasitic Competition

Suggested Citation

Hughes, Justin and Artal, Diane, Translation Series: The Tea Board v. Mr. Jean-Luc Dusong (September 29, 2010). Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal, Vol. 28, p. 431, 2010; Cardozo Legal Studies Research Paper No. 352. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1684650

Justin Hughes (Contact Author)

Loyola Law School Los Angeles ( email )

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HOME PAGE: http://www.justinhughes.net

Diane Artal

Yeshiva University ( email )

500 West 185th Street
New York, NY 10033
United States

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