Connecticut trademark lawyers representing Parfums de Coeur Ltd. have filed a case against Victoria’s Secret Brand Management and its parent company Limited Brands Inc., alleging trademark infringement and other causes of action for Victoria’s Secret use of the trademark VS Fantasies and Victoria’s Secret Fantasies for among other things, eau de parfum. The case, Parfums
Trademark infringement. Trademark infringement is the unauthorized use of a trademark or service mark that is likely to cause confusion about the source of the goods or services. Under federal law, a cause of action for trademark infringement is governed by Section 2(d) of the Trademark Act (15 USC Section 1114).
A trademark owner that believes that its mark is being infringed may bring a cause of action for trademark infringement in U.S. federal court. If the trademark owner is successful in proving infringement, the remedies available to it may include the following:
- a court order that the infringer stop uses its mark
- an order that the infringer destroy its merchandise bearing the infringing mark
- monetary damages
- attorney's fees
Trademark infringement test. The various factors that courts consider in determining whether a likelihood of confusion exists for a finding of infringement include:
- similarity of the parties' marks
- similarity of the goods or services
- similarity of trade channels
- sophistication of the purchasers
- strength of the plaintiff's mark
- evidence of actual confusion
- the nature and extent of similar third-party mark
- likelihood of the senior user bridging the gap
Not all of the above factors are inclusive.
Checklist. If your company is a trademark owner, or has received a cease and desist letter or a complaint for trademark infringement, you may speak with James Hastings to discuss the options available to you to bring or defend your case.
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