U.S. News | Playboy Enterprises Sues Fashion Nova for Trademark Infringement

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Playboy Enterprises Inc. has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Fashion Nova, Inc. for trademark infringement.

The plaintiff alleges that the defendant infringed on Playboy’s world-famous Playboy BUNNY COSTUME® design.

Playboy reportedly said that it owns several renowned trademarks, including PLAYBOY, the RABBIT HEAD DESIGN, and the BUNNY COSTUME®, which has been associated with several goods and services.

The plaintiff reportedly said that the BUNNY COSTUME® has been associated with Playboy for over 60 years, since it first debuted at the Playboy Club in Chicago, and the BUNNY COSTUME® has since become a staple of the Playboy brand.

The plaintiff accuses Fashion Nova of unauthorized marketing and sale of multiple versions of Playboy’s iconic BUNNY COSTUME® design.

The plaintiff reportedly said that a cease and desist notice was sent to Fashion Nova but the defendant continued using Playboy’s exclusive trademark.

The plaintiff alleges that the infringement has caused lots of damages, confusion, and unfair competition.

Playboy is seeking a permanent injunction, payment for damages, and others as the court deems fits.

The case is pending.

Playboy Enterprises International, Inc. v. Fashion Nova, Inc.

Judge: Dean D Pregerson
Court: California Central District Court
Case #: 2:20-cv-09846
Nature of Suit: Trademark
Cause: Trademark Infringement
Case Filed: Oct 27, 2020
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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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