Van Cleef & Arpels has reached a settlement with Mouawad USA Inc. and Heidi Klum GmbH in a trademark infringement suit it brought last year over jewelry bearing the model’s name.
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According to documents filed in federal court in Manhattan on Saturday, the parties have agreed to reconcile their dispute without any admission of liability.
The Swiss jewelry house first accused Mouawad of infringing its clover-shaped Alhambra jewelry design in December 2007. According to the original complaint, the infringing pieces were designed for Mouawad’s Heidi Klum Collection sold through QVC.
The parties did not provide detailed terms of their deal, but documents showed Mouawad agreed not to manufacture designs bearing the Alhambra trade dress in the future. The company and its partners Klum and QVC, however, are allowed a sell-off period for the goods in question, which will last until June 30, 2009. Both Van Cleef & Arpels and Mouawad also agreed to release the following joint statement: “Van Cleef & Arpels and Mouawad USA hereby announce that they have settled their lawsuit filed last year relating to Van Cleef & Arpels’ Alhambra Collection without any admission of wrongdoing.”
In light of the settlement agreement, Judge Shira A. Scheindlin dismissed the complaint without prejudice. The designation allows the suit to be brought again in the future.
Lawyers for each of the parties named in the final judgment did not return calls Monday seeking comment.