LVMH IS BEING TAKEN TO COURT OVER COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT BY LIVE EYEWEAR

In What's New, Industry News by Christine Galasso

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When it comes to fashion and accessories design, imitation is not the best form of flattery. The Fashion Law is reporting that LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (“LVMH”) is being sued in a Los Angeles federal court for trademark infringement by Live Eyewear.

In the lawsuit, Live Eyewear claims that two LVMH brands, Céline and Christian Dior, have infringed on two of its federally registered trademarks. The first infringement charge is that LVMH sold oversized sunglasses that are not distinguishable from its flagship brand Cocoon. The other is that its SOFT TOUCH, a corrosion-resistant seal, was used in four known styles of sunglasses.

According to The Fashion Law, Live Eyewear’s allegations are: “’irreparable” harm that has resulted from the aforementioned acts of trademark infringement – as well as claims of trademark dilution and unfair competition, by LVMH, Dior and Céline – it is seeking preliminary and permanent injunctive relief, as well as unspecified monetary damages.”

Both Céline and Christian Dior are licensed by Safilo Group S.p.A, who is also named as a defendant in the suit.

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