The maker of “Post-It” notes may be entitled to trademark protection for the sticky pads’ “canary yellow” color, but will be limited to injunctive relief should it prevail at trial, the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota ruled Jan. 3 (Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Co. v. Beautone Specialties Co., D. Minn., No. 98-709 (DSD/JMM), 1/3/00).

Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Co. created a brand of sticky notes in the late 1970′s. Since their introduction, these “Post-It” notes have been produced continuously in a shade of pastel yellow that the company calls “canary yellow.”

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