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.
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