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Do You Love Paris Too, New York?

Posted in Advertising, Articles, Branding, Fashion, Infringement, Loss of Rights, Marketing, Trademark Bullying, Trademarks

Shopping with my daughter this past weekend on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris, on the way to the Arc de triomphe, we spotted this shop selling  “I ♥ Paris” merchandise:

What do you make of this one, Tim, does it look familiar?

I’m thinking Mike Masnick of Techdirt, given his trademark bullying perspective on the subject, would be happy to see the Milton Glaser designed logo considered an informational genre, and part of the public domain.

A pair of French lawyers have noted that “the ability of the ‘I ♥’ sign to fulfill the essential function of guaranteeing a trademark’s origin is a question that remains to be answered.”

Could the same question be raised here in the United States, New York?