NEW YORK — Cartier — a division of Richemont North America — and Cartier International BV, have been granted a preliminary injunction against Symbolix Inc. that prohibits the Dallas-based jeweler from altering and selling Cartier watches.

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Holwell signed the injunction on June 1. The order was in connection with a lawsuit filed in Manhattan on March 11 against Symbolix, which operates Park Cities Jewelers, its principal, Ahmed M. Saleh, and other company officers.

Cartier is seeking a permanent injunction barring the jeweler’s use of the Cartier trademark on watches that allegedly have been altered and from representing the watches as genuine Cartier pieces. Cartier has also asked that any altered goods or printed materials promoting them be destroyed, and that Cartier be awarded legal fees and damages.

In the original complaint, Cartier accused the jeweler of selling genuine stainless steel Cartier watches that had been altered by mounting diamonds on the bezels and cases to simulate the company’s more expensive white gold Cartier Tank Française model. The complaint alleged trademark infringement, false designation of origin, federal dilution and copyright infringement.

According to Holwell’s ruling, Symbolix and other parties named did not challenge the accusation that Cartier watches had been altered and sold without the company’s permission. However, the defendants have contested the accusation that reselling the watches is an unlawful exploitation of the Cartier trademark.

This story first appeared in the June 8, 2005 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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