I wrote about the Costco-Swatch case here. It involved a manufacturer of Swiss OMEGA watches authorizing a sale in a foreign country. The foreign authorized seller sold genuine watches to a person who then imported them into the US and sold them at Costco.
It is significant that the U.S. Supreme Court has taken on this issue of great importance to international trade. From Reuters:
U.S. top court to hear Costco-Swatch copyright case Reuters
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Labels: accrual of copyright action, copyright infringement, copyright law, first sale doctrine, gray market goods, illegal imports
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