I am currently studying intellectual property law in Norway and I am looking for some help with an assignment. I am wondering about online infringement of trademarks.

Here is an example:

An online ad for replica "Ray Ban" glasses might infringe on Ray Ban's trademark(s).

Does anyone here have some input on how this would be regulated internationally?


There is no single world government with legal power to set laws for everyone on the planet, so this is accomplished via cooperative nation-by-nation laws. The World Intellectual Property Organization administers a number of international treaties, and almost all countries on the planet are members, though when it comes to specific agreements and protocols, coverage can be spottier. One scheme is "The Madrid Union", which both the US and Norway are members of. If I foolishly decide to start marketing dairy products in the US using a bucket with wings as a logo and call my company "Tine", some other company might want to sue me for violation of their trademark. The text of the Trademark Law Treaty is here, and you can see that this is basically about registration, and not remedies. By going through one of these registration-disseminations protocols, they may have registered their trademark in the US, so they could sue me here for infringement.

There isn't anything legally special about ads or being online. If it is prohibited to use a trademark without permission, then it is prohibited to use the trademark online without permission. Permission might be highly restricted (e.g. the Disney trademark), or not (can't think of an example).

  • Thank you for your input. You have confirmed a few things I was wondering about, and that is good. What I have a hard time finding is sources and examples that can be used in this assignment. Do you happen to know of any sites or forums that can point me in the right direction? Again, thank you. – Slippers Oct 30 '16 at 9:06

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