On Wednesday, September 12, car maker Audi filed a complaint at the United States District Court for the Central District of California, against a man for allegedly running a string of websites that sold counterfeit merchandise.
The defendant, named as Onunwa Kelechi Iwuagwu, and his alleged business Okixtreme, were accused of selling knockoff goods on the internet using the domain name audibadges.com among others. The merchandise included car accessories, badges, and key rings.
According to Audi, the company had conducted a test purchase of decals and tire valve stem caps in May, “all of which incorporated the Audi marks and none of which are authorized or licensed by plaintiffs”.
The complaint, according to Trademarks and Brands Online, also lists other websites including autobadges.com, chromecarletters.com and eurobadgez.com, all of which have allegedly sold infringing goods which “dilutes, tarnishes, and whittles away the distinctiveness of the Audi marks”.
Audi is seeking destruction of the infringing goods, injunctive relief, “costs and disbursements incurred in the action” and $100,000 per infringing domain name.
The case is currently pending.