Supreme Court Grills Costco, Omega In Watch IP Spat

Law360, New York (November 8, 2010, 6:51 PM EST) -- U.S. Supreme Court justices challenged both Costco Wholesale Corp. and Omega SA during oral arguments Monday over whether Costco violated the watchmaker's copyright when it sold Swiss-made watches in the U.S. without Omega's permission.

Omega, which emblazoned a copyrighted logo on its watches, contends the watches at issue were sold overseas under distribution agreements that prohibited them from being sold in the U.S. Many companies have similar arrangements so they can sell products at different prices in different markets, Omega says.

The watches at issue were...
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