U.S. News | Helly Hansen Sues OFF-WHITE for Alleged Trademark Infringement

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A Norwegian sportswear brand, Helly Hansen has filed a lawsuit in Illinois’ Northern District Court against OFF-WHITE, Virgil Abloh’s brand for alleged trademark infringement.

According to the lawsuit, Helly Hansen claims that the plaintiff adopted a logo that is very similar to Helly Hansen’s HH Stripe Logo and that the defendant had placed the infringed stripe logo on products in same niche with the plaintiff.

The plaintiff further claim that the defendant placed the infringed stripe logo on the shoulder and sleeve of shirts and on the outer seam of the pants which has suggested affiliation or connection with the plaintiff and this has caused damages, confusion and unfair competition.

The plaintiff expressed his dissatisfaction over OFF-WHITE’s two granted trademark applications from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) stating that these application infringe its own earlier trademark.

The plaintiff seeks monetary damages for trademark infringement, unfair competition, and a violation of Illinois’ Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act and permanent injunction and destruction of all products having the infringed logo.

The case is currently pending.

Case Information:

Illinois Northern District Court
Judge: Thomas M Durkin
Case #: 1:18-cv-04755
Nature of Suit Trademark Infringement
Cause Trademark Infringement
Case Filed: Jul 11, 2018
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