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Jan/12

A Mark So Famous It Had Its Own Doctrine


Kodak filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy today (re-org, not dissolution). It used to be the archetypal famous mark. Some jurisdictions used the term “Kodak Mark” to signify the category of marks entitled to 6(bis) protection. In fact, a case prohibiting the use of KODAK for bicycles is an ancestor of dilution law, and gave rise to the “KODAK Doctrine”: Eastman Photographic Material v John Griffiths Cycle, 15 RPC 105 (Ch. D. 1898)

Tempus Fugit.

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