Coach Sues Accessory Closet for Trademark, Trade Dress, and Copyright Infringement

Intellectual property lawyers for Coach, Inc. and Coach Services, Inc., both of New York, NY, have filed an infringement suit alleging Accessory Closet, of St. John, IN, has infringed numerous COACH trademarks which have been registered with the U.S. Trademark Office, copyrighted design elements, and product trade dress.

The plaintiff, which is a well-known retailer of leather goods including handbags, luggage, and accessories, asserts that the defendant, a distributor of novelty-type goods, is offering products bearing source-identifying indicia and design elements which are “studied imitations” of the plaintiffs’ intellectual property. As with other filings in this state and elsewhere, the complaint claims trade dress rights in the distinctive product shapes, colors, designs, fabrics, and other non-function elements which are incorporated into their products while including a cause of action for counterfeiting under the federal Lanham Act.

This case has been assigned to Chief Judge Philip P. Simon and Magistrate Judge Paul Cherry in the Northern District of Indiana, and assigned case no. 2:10-cv-00100-PPS-PRC.

Practice Tip: Among the noteworthy provisions of the federal counterfeiting laws is a plaintiff’s ability to obtain an ex parte seizure order without notice, provided certain conditions are met, including notification of the United States Attorney’s Office.Complaint – Coach v. Accessory

Further information about this case is as follows:

Filed: March 4, 2010 as 2:2010cv00100 Updated: April 1, 2010 21:07:12

Plaintiffs: Coach Inc and Coach Services Inc

Defendant: Accessory Closet

Presiding Judge: Judge Philip P Simon

Referring Judge: Magistrate Judge Paul R Cherry

Cause Of Action: Trademark Infringement

Court: Seventh Circuit > Indiana > Northern District Court

Type: Intellectual Property > Trademark

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