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Tiffany Appeals eBay Internet Ruling


New York City Tiffany & Co. on Monday appealed a federal ruling that largely absolved eBay Inc. of policing its auction site for counterfeit items, saying the judge was wrong to leave the primary burden to the jewelry maker. Tiffany filed the appeal with the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the company said in a statement.

The jeweler sued eBay in 2004, alleging it turned a blind eye to the sale of fake Tiffany jewelry on its Web site. But in July, all of its trademark infringement claims were rejected, and a federal judge held that brand owners are ultimately responsible for protecting their own trademarks.

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