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EU court rules taste of food cannot be trademarked

BRUSSELS (AP) --- The European Union s highest court hasn t fallen under the spell of Dutch witches cheese. The European Court of Justice said Tuesday that the taste of a food product cannot be identified with precision of objectivity and ruled that it is not eligible for copyright protection. It was asked for a ruling by a Dutch court seeking advice in a case where Levola, the producer of Heksenkaas, or witches cheese, wanted its spreadable dip protected from copycats. A competitor had brought Witte Wievenkaas, or white women s cheese, on the market four years ago, and Levola said that cheese dip was a reproduction. Unlike books, movies, songs and the like, the EU ...

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