Jinya Ramen Bar, a Tokyo-based noodle chain, has filed a suit against three Houston restaurants in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas for copyright and trade dress infringement.
The three Houston restaurants are Ramen Fun and Mikoto in Houston, along with Atsumi in The Woodlands. The restaurants were sued for trade dress infringement and for allegedly copying the menu design and interior design of Jinya Ramen Bar.
Jinya Ramen Bar accuses Ramen Fun, an independently-owned shop, of multiple infringements including the style of uniforms worn by employees and bowls used at the restaurant.
According to the complaint, Jinya Ramen Bar accuses Ramen Fun’s menu design alleging that the contents and components was copied directly from the plaintiff’s menu.
The two other restaurants, Mikoto and Atsumi in The Woodlands has been accused of having a similar interior design to the plaintiff restaurant.
The plaintiff complained that this infringement has tarnished and diluted the reputation of Jinya and has also cause confusion among customers.
Jinya Ramen Bar seeks jury, and asked the judge to direct the three restaurants to destroy any advertisements, products, displays, or other materials that infringe on its intellectual property.