- Lindt acted in "bad faith" by registering a trademark for something (hollow chocolate bunnies) that had been produced since the 1930s (tomorrow a court in Austria will rule on the definition of "bad faith")
- Hollow chocolate bunnies must be manufactured in the same shape as Lindt's because of function - most other designs will collapse
Regardless of the chocolate, does not the foil, ribbon and bell give the Lindt bunny a distinctive 3D appearance that is not merely "functional?"
Also, how should "bad faith" be defined? Considering an altogether different example, do you think memory IC chip designer Rambus acted properly or in "bad faith" when it registered patents for industry standards while such standards were being set by an industry committee?
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