By  on September 17, 2012

PARIS — In a ruling that could have major implications for luxury-goods brands worldwide, French fine-jewelry house Van Cleef & Arpels on Monday claimed a landmark victory in a court case pitting it against one of its former designers.

The Court of Appeals in Paris ruled late Friday that designs made by an employee of a jewelry firm should be considered a simple contribution to collective works owned by the company, rather than the intellectual property of the individual designer.

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