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Amazon wins EU court backing in trade mark dispute with Coty – Source Reuters Tech News

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Amazon is seen at the company logistics centre in Boves, France, November 5, 2019. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Amazon is not liable for unwittingly stocking trade mark infringing goods for third-party sellers, Europe’s top court said on Thursday, handing the U.S. online retail giant victory in its battle against cosmetics company Coty.

The case, brought by Coty’s German unit, underlines the tension between luxury goods companies seeking to preserve their exclusivity and branding and online platforms such as Amazon and eBay fighting against online sales curbs.

Brand names have also questioned the scope of online platforms’ responsibility for products sold, or content transmitted, on their sites.

Amazon found itself in a German court after Coty said it violated its trade mark rights by stocking its Davidoff perfume for third party sellers and should be held responsible for such practices. The German court sought guidance from Europe’s…

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