AGNES B HITS WET SEAL WITH TRADEMARK SUIT
NEW YORK — Designer Agnes Trouble filed a lawsuit against Wet Seal, charging the specialty retailer with infringing upon the trademark of her Agnes b mark.
The suit was filed by the designer and her U.S. licensee on Feb. 25 in Manhattan federal court. The suit said the designer owns the mark for use on apparel, jewelry, leather goods, cosmetics and perfume.
The plaintiffs charged Wet Seal with selling apparel and accessories under the Arden B name in boutiques throughout the U.S. called “Arden B.” The suit also alleged that the “Arden B mark appears in a handwritten cursive form that is feminine and rounded in shape,” like the Agnes b mark.
Consumers, the suit said, are confused by the marks; some of them have attempted to return Arden B merchandise at Agnes b stores. The plaintiffs are seeking damages, destruction of the alleged infringing product and an injunction barring the retailer from using the Arden B mark.
Officials at Wet Seal could not be reached for comment. The plaintiffs are represented by attorneys at Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler.