NEW YORK — Tiffany & Co. filed a lawsuit against J.H. Mednikow & Co. Inc. and its chief executive officer, Robert Mednikow, alleging trademark infringement, dilution, trademark counterfeiting, unfair competition and injury to business reputation, among other counts.
Tiffany alleged that J.H. Mednikow purchased and sold unauthorized Tiffany goods on its Web site and through eBay. Tiffany asked the court for a preliminary and permanent injunction against Mednikow and for statutory damages of $1 million per trademark for each kind of goods connected to the allegations, according to a court document.
Robert Mednikow said he was not sure what prompted the lawsuit as the goods in question were not represented as Tiffany products and were pulled from the Web site some time ago in an effort to cooperate with Tiffany. “We’re legitimate jewelers and we understand legitimacy,” Mednikow said. “I don’t know what prompted them to file this lawsuit, I don’t think they have to fear that Mednikow is a competitor to Tiffany.”
Cartier, a division of Richemont North America Inc., and Cartier International B.V., filed a lawsuit against Icon Shoes Inc., Arche Inc. and John Does for allegedly selling watches that infringe on the company’s trade dress and copyrights. Cartier alleged that Icon and Arche distributed “watches bearing copies” of the Cartier Tank Divan trade dress and copyright. The lawsuit included three counts of infringement. Cartier asked that Icon be restrained from using its trade dress design. The luxury goods manufacturer also asked that Icon hand over all the allegedly infringing products and any printed material relating to promotion of the goods. The complaint included a claim for unspecified monetary damages. A spokesman for Icon Shoes said he was unaware that a lawsuit had been filed. Arche Inc. did not return calls seeking comment by press time.
A permanent injunction and final judgment on consent were issued by a Manhattan federal judge in a trademark suit filed by Polo Ralph Lauren USA Holdings Inc. against Tic Tac Trading and Adnan Mohsen. The decision ordered Tic Tac to pay Polo Ralph Lauren $500,000, which is in accordance with a settlement agreement reached by the two parties. Tic Tac is prohibited by the injunction from using, reproducing, counterfeiting, copying or imitating Polo Ralph Lauren’s trademarks, according to the court document. The lawsuit was initially filed because Tic Tac was allegedly engaged in manufacturing and selling “products that bear counterfeits and/or imitations of Plaintiff’s trademark.” Tic Tac Trading did not return a call seeking comment.
Antik Batik SARL filed a lawsuit against Antik Batik USA Inc., Jean-Christophe Sauvat, Pia Aufdermaur and John Does for cancellation of a trademark registration, use of a false designation of origin, unfair competition and theft of trade secrets, among other charges. According to the court document, Sauvat is a current shareholder of Antik Batik SARL. The lawsuit alleged that Sauvat filed an application for the “Antik Batik” trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, under his own name and unbeknownst to the French Antik Batik SARL company. The lawsuit included eight counts. The company also asked for unspecified monetary damages. Antik Batik USA could not be reached for comment.