THE RIGHTS of clothing retailers to sell re-exported products, against the wish of a manufacturer, are likely to be strengthened by an oncoming European Court of Justice ruling on parallel trading.

In a preliminary legal opinion, ECJ advocate general Stix-Hackl said that the right of a trade-mark holder to "control the initial distribution of goods within the European Economic Area," (the EU, plus Norway and Iceland), was "not unlimited." This included "sales bans or territorial restrictions on the right of the first purchaser to ...

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