U.S. News | Patagonia Sues Customs Dodging’ Counterfeiters for Trademark Infringement

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Patagonia, a U.S. based outdoor clothing maker, has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District for the Northern District of Illinois against suspected online counterfeiters in China.

According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff alleged that the counterfeiters sell unauthorized and unlicensed apparel and active wear bearing Patagonia’s trademarks without authorization.

Patagonia reportedly said that the counterfeiters are based in China but doing business throughout the U.S. via the operation of online stores and also shipping products in small quantities via international mail to outsmart detection by US Customs and Border Protection.

The plaintiff reportedly claims that the defendants devised some tactics including registering new online marketplace accounts under new aliases which makes it virtually impossible to know their true identities and the operational modules of their counterfeit network.

Patagonia alleges that the infringement has caused irreparable damage, consumer confusion, dilution, and trademark violation.

A world-wide anti-counterfeiting programme was established to regularly investigate suspicious websites and online marketplaces, Patagonia reportedly said.

The plaintiff argues that all the counterfeiters online stores have virtually identical layouts which indicate that the alleged counterfeit products were manufactured from same source.

Patagonia, Inc. v. Corporation A et al

Judge:Andrea R Wood
Court:Illinois Northern District Court
Case #:1:19-cv-04740
Nature of SuitTrademark
CauseTrademark Infringement
Case Filed:Jul 15, 2019
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Nathaniel is a News Reporting Intern at Nigerian Law Intellectual Property Watch (NLIPW). He has a passion for writing, capacity building and social media marketing. He is a graduate of Federal University of Technology, Minna, where he graduated with BTECHAGRIC. He is a member of Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN) and the National Union of Campus Journalist (NUCJ). Nathaniel has served as Editor-in-Chief for a number of magazines and as a contributor to various online repositories. Email: anathaniel@nlipw.com

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