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A Brie-f Tale of Copyright and Cheese to Share at Thanksgiving Dinner

Opinion, Levola Hengelo BV v Smilde Foods BV, Case C-310/17  

In an unfortunate queso failed copyright claims, Levola Hengelo, a Dutch food processor of once Humboldt beginnings, has lost a court case in which it attempted to enforce copyright protection in the taste of its cheese product, Heks’nkaas.

Levola had become salty after a competitor, Smilde Foods, started raking in the cheddar by selling cheese spread with a similar taste. Levola brought claims against Smilde for infringing alleged copyright in the taste of Heks’nkaas. READ MORE