Los Angeles, CA –Trademark attorneys for Rock & Republic jeans/clothing company filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Rich & Skinny jeans at the Los Angeles Federal District Court. Rock & Republic began using stylized “R” trademarks on its clothing line as early as 2002. Several different versions of the “R” logos are registered with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. “Rock & Republic applies its stylized “R” trademarks to the back pocket of its jeans and pants. Since their creation and first sale, products bearing Rock & Republic’s stylized “R” trademarks have been enormously successful.”
The complaint continues: “The various stylized “R” trademarks, including the Rock & Republic Stylized “R” Mark have acquired a strong secondary meaning and are strong trademarks. Rock & Republic’s stylized “R” trademarks, including the Rock & Republic Stylized “R” Mark, and associated products, have become famous.” Rock & Republic alleges that defendant began operations in 2006 and is “in the business of manufacturing, advertising, selling, and distributing apparel, including denim jeans.” Rich & Skinny is accused of copying the stylized “R” trademark and selling apparel/jeans in similar channels as Rock & Republic, which is alleged to likely confuse consumers. The complaint asserts the following causes of action: (1) Federal trademark infringement under 15 U.S.C. § 1114; (2) False designation of origin under section 43(a) of the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1125(a); (3) Federal trademark dilution, 15 U.S.C. § 1125(c); (4) Injury to business reputation and dilution under Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 14330; and, (5) Unfair competition under Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 17200. The case is titled: Rock & Republic Enterprises, Inc. v. Rich & Skinny, Inc., CV08-04199 PSG (C.D. Cal. 2008).