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Old 10-30-2008, 05:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Panerai Takes Naples Watch To Court

I am from Singapore, however I am concerned with the law in Florida

Panerai Takes Naples Watch To Court
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I made some info search and found that Panerai has patented the design for its watch movement. As far as I know, the design patents can only last for 25 years... Of cos, replica watches (contain Panerai logo) are illegal since they use panerai brand without permission.. (Trademark Infringement)..

I need to know if watches which are similar or same as Panerai watches but without any panerai brands on it is legal by law. (validity of patent rights) I am selling them in my hometown and cannot afford to be on the wrong side of the law. Thanks for the advice.

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Old 10-30-2008, 08:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Can someone offer me advice? The design patent of a product lasts only 20 year, am I right? After the expiry of the patent, people are free to come out with the same design product without trademark infringing with the original brand name... Am I true to make this comment?
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Old 10-31-2008, 12:30 PM   #3 (permalink)
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You are asking a question that is not dependent only on US law. Why would you ask a forum in the US?

US patents are valid for 17 years the last time I checked... it has been a while. There are other countries where you have similar laws.

While the look and workings of a watch may be a patented thing, the real selling point is often the trade name... and you can be sued if you try selling something under someone else's trade name.

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Old 11-01-2008, 05:34 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Oh, I am not selling my stuff using the same trademark, I just realise the design is quite similar which I feel I should check it out. Thanks
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