Coach Sues My Walk-In Closet for Trademark, Trade Dress, and Copyright Infringement

Indianapolis, Indiana – Intellectual property lawyers for Coach, Inc. and Coach Services, Inc., both of New York, NY, have filed an infringement suit alleging My Walk-In Closet of Greenwood, 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. In particular, 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 Judge Sarah Evans Barker and Magistrate Judge Debra McVicker Lynch in the Southern District of Indiana, and assigned case no. 1:10-cv-00351-SEB-DML.

Practice Tip: Trade dress is defined as the total image or overall design or appearance of a product or its packaging and may include features such as size, shape, color, color combinations, texture, and graphics, although functional elements are not protectable as trade dress.Complaint – Coach v. My Walkin

Further information about this case is as follows:

Filed: March 24, 2010 as 1:2010cv00351 Updated: April 7, 2010 15:35:43

Plaintiffs: COACH SERVICES, INC. and COACH, INC.

Defendant: MY WALK-IN CLOSET

Presiding Judge:Judge Sarah Evans Barker

Referring Judge:Magistrate Judge Debra McVicker Lynch

Cause Of Action: Trademark Infringement

Court:

Seventh Circuit > Indiana > Southern District Court

Type:Intellectual Property > Trademark

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