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Tuesday, December 29, 2009, 10:37 AM

Kids II Sues Bright Start Furniture and Idea Nuova For Trademark Infringement

Kids II, Inc. sued Bright Start Furniture, Inc. and Idea Nuova, Inc. for a host of trademark, unfair competition, and anti-cybersquatting claims under federal and state law on December 22, 2009 in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia (Case No. 1:09-cv-3599-RWS). In its complaint, Kids II accuses defendants of misappropriating and misusing Kids II's BRIGHT STARTS federally registered trademark in connection with children's furniture and in domain names (http://www.brightstartfurniture.com/ and http://www.bsfbaby.com/ (now taken down)).

Kids II is headquartered in Alpharetta, Georgia and is represented by Alston + Bird, LLP. Defendants are located in New York City.

The mark used by defendants on at least one website is shown below:

Sunday, December 13, 2009, 7:32 AM

Pottery Barn Protecting Names And Images

Williams Sonoma, on behalf of subsidiary Pottery Barn, has sued an online home furnishings retailer, New Era, for trademark and copyright infringement as well as unfair competition under California law. See Williams Sonoma, Inc. v. Erika I. Almaguer Rodriguez d/b/a New Era Home Furnishings, 09-CV-5720 (N.D. Cal. Dec. 4, 2009). According to Pottery Barn's complaint, New Era is using the names and images of Pottery Barn furniture on its website. New Era did not help itself by expressly mentioning on its website that "[m]any styles sells [sic] are knock-offs of popular retail styles."
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