Biting the hand that feeds you

The Trademark Troll, a blog written by former Harley Davidson IP counsel Dick Troll, comments on the S&L Vitamins case:

Almost every case involving the sale of unauthorized but genuine goods is a case where a brand owner is asking the courts to become an enforcer for the brand owner – against the brand owner’s own customers!!…

If the Internet retailer is success full then SOMEBODY is ordering more tanning lotion from Australian Gold. So what does Australian Gold do? Dig deeply into the ordering patterns of its distributors to find anomalies? Or book the orders. That is, until retailer and distributors who are not part of the informal distribution channel start to complain.

Nice perspective.

UPDATE: “Suing your customers and dismantling your marketing network.”

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  1. LIKELIHOOD OF CONFUSION® » Blog Archive » Judge: “Go after your distributors, not free enterprise” - November 27, 2007

    [...] Well put, and it’s exactly how Dick Troll put it a little while ago. Here’s the opinion. [...]

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