Tiffany Wins Big Against Cyber Counterfeiters
Tiffany & Co. recently won a judgment in the amount of $2.2 million and a permanent injunction against a number of cyber counterfeiters, including requiring the transfer of the counterfeit domain names over to Tiffany & Co. The lawsuit was filed in the Southern District of Florida, and named 78 defendants operating websites that sell counterfeit Tiffany jewelry. Tiffany’s allegations against the counterfeiters not only include selling counterfeit products, as well as confusion and deceit of consumers, but also trademark infringement. Although actual payment of the entire $2.2 million judgment may be difficult due to inability to track down cyber counterfeiters, the case will send a message in the future to anyone attempting to counterfeit Tiffany products, and the real victory according to Susan Scafidi, director of the Fashion Law Institute at Fordham University, was the transfer of domain names. Read more here.