End Of The Road For Getty In Car-Freshener Trademark Row

Law360, Los Angeles (June 29, 2012, 4:59 PM EDT) -- Getty Images Inc. has reached an agreement resolving claims that it improperly licensed photographs featuring pine tree-shaped car air fresheners that bear a substantial resemblance to those trademarked by Car-Freshener Corp. and Julius Samann Ltd., according to a judgment entered Thursday.

The Northern District of New York entered a civil judgment requiring Getty to pay Car-Freshener and Julius Samann $100,000 and cease licensing images depicting the companies’ products, after the plaintiffs agreed to drop their claims in exchange for the judgment.

Thursday’s decision resolves allegations that the stock photo giant committed trademark infringement and violated unfair competition laws when it licensed...

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