FASHION LAW: CHANEL SUES BEAUTY SALON FOR INFRINGEMENT
Chanel Jones, owner of Chanel’s Salon located in Merrillville, Indiana, is being used for infringement from French fashion house, Chanel. The business owner is being charged for benefiting off the luxury brand notable reputation. Chanel filed the complaint at the US District Court for the Northern District of Indiana ready to defend its iconic trademark. Evidently with Chanel Jones being her legal name, this case is not as transparent as the usual counterfeiting infringement lawsuits that the luxury brand is normally subjected to. By law, you cannot prohibit a person to use their own name in a business establishment.
Chanel has won similar infringement cases in the past, many of which were forged replica cases. Just earlier this year, the luxury giant received an estimated $4.8 million in damages from a trademark infringement case against a counterfeiting handbag maker, Purse Valley.
“As recently as May 2014, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the [USPTO] held that the Chanel mark ‘enjoys widespread recognition among the general public and is a household name synonymous with high fashion and style and is therefore famous for dilution purposes,'” states Chanel’s states in the suit.
Stay tuned in the battle between humble business Chanel’s Salon and luxury giant Chanel.
Source reference via Fashion Times