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Cartier Sues QVC, Watchmakers for Patent Infringement

Feb 25, 2009 10:32 AM   By Jeff Miller
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RAPAPORT...  Cartier sued network QVC and watchmakers TWI Watches and JMAM, alleging that the three parties conspired to promote and sell watches bearing designs that are close imitations of certain Cartier watches. Cartier contends that the designs, used for watches created by TWI and JMAM and sold through QVC, are protected by Cartier patents.

Lawyers for the luxury brand told the court that QVC and 20 unnamed individuals at TWI and JMAM, "commenced the manufacture, distribution, advertising and/or sale of watches" that bear copies of the designs and trade dress of Cartier's Santos de Cartier and Pasha de Cartier Grille watches. Cartier contends that the designs infringed upon their patents and trade dress, causing the jeweler to sustain monetary damage, loss and injury, of amounts to be determined during trial. Cartier asked the court to permanently restrain the defendants from using these designs and asked for the destruction of all related products and marketing material.  


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