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October 21, 1893

RIGHT TO USE GEOGRAPHICAL NAMES FOR MINERAL WATERS.

JAMA. 1893;XXI(17):623. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420690031017

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Abstract

Whether a geographical name may become a trademark, when adopted as such, where its owner is the owner of the place of origin, and has the monopoly of the vendible product, is an open question. But where a person alleges title to all the mineral springs situated in a certain place, and the exclusive right to the sale of the waters thereof, and that the name, as applied to said waters, has become of great value to him, and has always constituted an important and necessary incident and means to the sale of said waters, that such a name may be so used, and will be protected against infringement by other persons not obtaining their product from the same locality, is well settled. So says the United States Circuit Court in the case of La Republique Francaise v. Schultze, decided July 3, 1893, just now reported, 57 Fed. Rep. 37,

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