By  on February 19, 2009

Cartier has accused QVC Inc. of selling watches, at least some in its Joan Rivers-branded jewelry collection, that infringe on several of the French jeweler’s designs.

In a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan on Friday, Cartier alleged that the West Chester, Pa.-based home shopping giant has promoted and sold watches that copy its Santos and Pasha Grille trade dresses. The jeweler also named two of QVC’s business partners, JMAM LLC and TWI Watches LLC, as defendants in the case.

Rivers conducts business through the JMAM company.

Cartier accuses all three companies of trade dress infringement and QVC and TWI Watches of design patent infringement in the complaint. The luxury brand is seeking a permanent injunction, the destruction of any infringing goods, all profits from the sale of any infringing items and other, unspecified damages.

Neither QVC nor JMAM returned calls seeking comment. A number listed for TWI Watches was not in service.

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