Coach Sues Novedades Latina for Trademark, Trade Dress, and Copyright Infringement

Indianapolis, Indiana – Intellectual property counsel for Coach, Inc. and Coach Services, Inc., both of New York, NY, have filed an infringement suit alleging Novedades Latina of Indianapolis, 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 Senior Judge Larry J. McKinney and Magistrate Judge Tim A. Baker in the Southern District of Indiana, and assigned case no. 1:10-cv-00353-LJM-TAB.

Practice Tip: To maintain trademark rights, the law imposes a duty on a trademark owner to “police” its mark and monitor the market for counterfeit or otherwise infringing uses of the mark.Complaint – Coach v. Novedades

Further information about this case is as follows:

Filed: March 24, 2010 as 1:2010cv00353 Updated: April 7, 2010 15:35:43

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

Defendant: NOVEDADES LATINA

Presiding Judge:Judge Larry J. McKinney

Referring Judge:Magistrate Judge Tim A. Baker

Cause Of Action: Trademark Infringement

Court:

Seventh Circuit > Indiana > Southern District Court

Type:Intellectual Property > Trademark

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