Bloomberg.com reports that eBay has won a court case brought in Germany by Rolex over sales of counterfeit watches on the site. The court’s decision on Tuesday found that Rolex could not demonstrate that similar counterfeit goods remained on sale after eBay had been alerted to them being posted on the site.
A spokesman for the court said that “eBay now uses a filter program to detect offerings that blatantly violate trademark rights. eBay doesn’t have to review each item before it gets posted on its site, because that would jeopardize the whole business model.” The case has been going on since 2001.
Next month will see the next designers versus eBay case come to court, as L’Oréal’s case against the company for allowing the sale of counterfeits is heard in London. L’Oréal’s case was dismissed in Germany, but is still going on in France.