Indianapolis, Indiana – Intellectual property counsel for Coach, Inc. and Coach Services, Inc., both of New York, NY, have filed an infringement suit alleging Novelty, Inc. of Greenfield, 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.
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. Novelty
Further information about this case is as follows:
Filed: May 18, 2010 as 1:2010cv00615 Updated: May 21, 2010 23:17:02
Plaintiffs: COACH SERVICES, INC. and COACH, INC.
Defendant: NOVELTY, INC.
Judge: Richard L. Young
Cause Of Action: Trademark Infringement