Coach Sues To Cancel Trademark Registration Of Alleged Infringer

trademark-attorney-coach-handbags-purse.jpgLos Angeles, CA – Trademark attorneys for Coach, Inc. filed a trademark infringement, dilution and unfair competition lawsuit at the Federal District Court in Los Angeles, which also seeks to cancel the trademark registration of the alleged infringer (15 U.S.C. § 1064). Coach, which started as a family-run workshop in Manhattan over sixty years ago, is the owner of the Coach® mark and the “CC Design” mark (pictured herein) and sells handbags, purses, apparel, and accessories under said marks. Coach has expended over a hundred million dollars in advertising of products bearing the marks and has sales of over two billion dollars annually.

The complaint states that on May 27, 2008, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection informed Coach that it had seized goods being imported from China by YH Forever, Inc. The seized goods allegedly used a mark confusingly similar to that of the “CC Design.” Coach then discovered that the Defendant had registered its “MW” mark with the USPTO. Coach contends that when the M and W are shown in solid colors, as with the seized goods, it essentially imitates the CC Design used by coach. The case is titled Coach, Inc. v. YH Forever, Inc., CV 09-00771 R (C.D. Cal. 2008).