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.
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