Smell rights

Smell rights are claims of ownership to particular smells. These rights can include copyright or non-conventional trademark.

In France, the scent of a perfume is not eligible for copyright.[1]

In 2006, a Dutch court ruled that a perfume could have a copyright.[2][3][4]

Legal commentators have described possible systems for trademarking scents.[5]

In the United States, Hasbro has a trademark for the smell of Play-Doh.[6]


  1. ^ marie-andree (4 January 2018). "Does a French copyright smell anything?". MAW-LAW Web Site.
  2. ^ Koelman, Kamiel (September 2006). "Copyright in the Courts: Perfume as Artistic Expression?".
  3. ^ Guest Barista (19 January 2010). "Smelly Rights: Copyright in Perfume". Patent Baristas.
  4. ^ Einhorn, David A.; Portnoy, Lesley (April 2010). "The Copyrightability of Perfumes: I Smell a Symphony" (PDF). Intellectual Property Today: 8-10.
  5. ^ Reimer, Erin M. (2012). "A Semiotic Analysis: Developing A New Standard for Scent Marks". Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law. 14 (3): 693-728.
  6. ^ Liszewski, Andrew (18 May 2018). "Hasbro Has Officially Trademarked the Smell of Your Childhood: Play-Doh". Gizmodo.