Court ruled the jewelry designer owns the 'Caviar' name
-- JCK-Jewelers Circular Keystone, 8/28/2007 7:27:00 AM
A federal judge in Philadelphia ruled that jewelry designer and manufacturer Michael Dawkins, Inc. infringed upon the trademark owned by jewelry designer and manufacturer Lagos, Inc. [Complicating matters somewhat is that MDI filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Aug.2.]
U.S. District Court Judge Ronald J. Buckwalter of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, through a consent order and permanent injunction, said that Philadelphia-based Lagos owns the trademark for the "Caviar" name in jewelry designs and that MDI must stop using the name in promoting and selling its own jewelry line—specifically rings, pins, bracelets, earrings, necklaces, and watches. The consent order was issued July 9.
"The suit is a signal by Lagos that it is willing and able to enforce its trademarks, especially that of its signature brand," said Lagos' attorneys Lewis F. Gould Jr. and Maxim A. Voltchenko of Duane Morris L.L.P., Philadelphia.
Lagos filed a civil suit in March against New York City-based MDI and Internet retailer Twiggs, charging that the jewelry manufacturer was promoting a line of jewelry using the Caviar name, and selling the jewelry through shoptwigs.com.