A previous thread (https://forums.watchuseek.com/showthread.php?t=346753) discussed a lawsuit that Omega brought against Costco, alleging that Costco’s sale of grey market Omega watches infringed Omega’s copyright on the logo that it places on the back of its watch cases. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals sided with Omega, holding that Costco did, in fact, violate Omega’s copyright by selling the watches.
Costco then asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case. Before deciding whether to take the appeal, the Supreme Court asked the Solicitor General for the government’s view on the case. The Solicitor General’s brief, which was filed earlier this month, argues that the Supreme Court should not take the case because the Ninth Circuit got it right. More details about the case and a link to the government’s brief itself can be found here: http://www.exclusiverights.net/2010/03/solicitor-general-reccomends-denial-of-cert-in-costco-v-omega/.
I am no expert in Supreme Court procedure, but I am making an educated guess that it is now unlikely that the Supreme Court will take the appeal, which means that the Ninth Circuit’s ruling will be settled law. In short, it probably will be a lot harder to find grey market Omegas in the U.S., and I suspect that other watch companies may follow Omega’s lead.