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Can copyright protection extend to the taste of a product?

24/07/2018

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Tomorrow, an advocate-general will offer an opinion on whether copyright protection can extend to the taste of a spreadable cheese product, after the Gerechtshof Arnhem-Leeuwarden (Court of Appeal for Arnhem-Leeuwarden) referred the case (C-310/17) to the Court of Justice of the European Union last year.

The dispute stems from Dutch food company Levola Hengelo attempting to protect the taste of its Heks’nkaas product with copyright.

Jeremy Blum comments on the case on the World IP Review website.


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