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Supreme Court backs luxury manufacturer in Costco v Omega

Karen Bolipata, New York

The US Supreme Court upheld on Monday that the Copyright Act could not be used to apply the first sale doctrine to goods manufactured overseas, after it declined to issue an opinion on Costco v Omega

The 4-4 split, with Justice Kagan recusing, affirmed a decision in a closely watched case involving a model of watches made in Switzerland, sold to an authorised foreign distributor, and imported to the US through an unauthorised sale.

The ruling...

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