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Archived updates for Friday, July 23, 2004 Perfume Ruling Fuels Industry Debate

According to a July  23 article in, "Some hailed the decision to protect Lancome's "Tresor" perfume with a copyright as 'revolutionary.' But others called it a mistake to ban imitators, saying the move could rattle the global cosmetics industry."

In my view, unlike text, images, or sculpture, there is no structure associated with the constituent componets of perfume.  Therefore a perfume creator should be required to prove usefulness (such as pheromonal activity) before receiving exclusive (patent) rights for the invention.

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