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French Supreme Court AdWords Case: Google v. Vuitton - Do we have a winner?


Following the ECJ March 23 decision (Vuillton v. Google), the Cour de Cassation canceled a June 2006 Court of Appeals decision condemning Google to a 300,000 fine, and referred the case back to the appellate bench. Both sides welcomed the Supreme Court's referral of the case back to the appeals court. Louis Vuitton said the decision will enable the Paris Court of Appeals to rule on Google's civil liability when using trademarks without the trademark owner's authorization.The Court of Appeals will determine any potential wrongdoing committed by Google to the detriment of Louis Vuitton.

Google denied this reading of the ruling, which it characterized as being in its favour: "The Cour de Cassation quashed the French Court of Appeal's original ruling that Google was guilty of trade mark infringement." See Google Claims Victory In French Supreme Court Keyword Trademark Case, Search Engine Land




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