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Infringement Question
« on: Apr 8th, 2004, 12:17pm »
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We sell handbags that look similar to Louis Vuitton but are not LV bags. The lawyers from Louis Vuitton told us we were infringing on Louis Vuitton for selling them
 
What I don't understand is that the bags we sell are manufactured by a company who have a copyright on their design and are totally legal to sell. Is the fact that they look somewhat similar to LV infringement. If it were infringement why would this company have been awarded a copyright in the first place.
 
I feel these lawyers are just trying to push a small guy around here. I am sure they don't even like the idea that they look similar. The fact that I have copyright info on this company and items should protect me.
 
Any thoughts ?
 
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Re: Infringement Question
« Reply #1 on: Apr 8th, 2004, 12:51pm »
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Why don't you have the lawyers for the company who sold you the bags do battle with the lawyers for LV?  After all it is their intellectual property they are defending.  The company could have a copyright and still be infringing.  
 
In my opinion LV should be going after the manufacturer rather than you as a seller.
 
I know that Hermes is going after a purse manaufacturer who has a similar lock style on their purse.
 
And there are a lot of knockoffs out there.  I didn't know you could copyright a purse design.
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Re: Infringement Question
« Reply #2 on: Apr 9th, 2004, 5:04am »
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It is the image that can be registered not the purse.
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Re: Infringement Question
« Reply #3 on: Apr 9th, 2004, 11:39am »
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tabberone, that is a super idea. I think I will see if I can contact them. These particular bags are openly sold in department stores and I really feel they are just putting pressure on me.  
 
But in the long run I don't want to be liable. If I buy a product that has a copyright doesn't that protect me ?
 
If not anyone anywhere can be dragged to court for something they thought was legal.  
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Re: Infringement Question
« Reply #4 on: Apr 10th, 2004, 4:03am »
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I don't think so if it is counterfit (sp?)
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