A mannequin is seen at the new Playboy store in central London September 19, 2007. REUTERS/Alessia Pierdomenico

Playboy settles trademark dispute over iconic bunny costumes

(Reuters) – Playboy Enterprises Worldwide Inc has settled its trademark case towards fast-fashion retailer Trend Nova LLC, which it had accused of ripping off its “iconic” bunny costume, in keeping with a submitting in Los Angeles federal court docket.

The events’ joint Thursday filing says they signed a settlement settlement and can dismiss the claims with prejudice, which suggests they cannot be refiled. Extra details about the settlement wasn’t instantly obtainable.

Playboy’s complaint, filed final yr, stated Los Angeles-based Trend Nova’s costumes had been “virtually indistinguishable” from its design, together with “all, or substantially all, the features that make the Bunny Costume iconic: bunny ears and tail, ribbon, wrist cuffs, corset, and bowtie collar.”

Playboy alleged that Trend Nova’s costumes infringed its federal emblems, and stated its potential to make new garments shortly is “due in large part to its willingness to copy the designs of other companies.”

Trend Nova sells cheap, quick-to-market trend primarily by way of the web. It settled claims in July that it copied Versace costume designs, shortly earlier than a trial was set to start.

Trend Nova denied Playboy’s allegations in an April filing, arguing that Playboy had deserted its costume trademark. It additionally accused Playboy of submitting a “sham” lawsuit that was “objectively baseless” and introduced for “unfair, improper, and anti-competitive purposes.”

Playboy’s attorneys Daniel Posner and Marshall Searcy of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan did not instantly reply to a request for remark, nor did Trend Nova or its legal professional Adam Fox of Squire Patton Boggs.

U.S. District Decide James Selna is presiding over the case.

The case is Playboy Enterprises Worldwide Inc v. Trend Nova LLC, U.S. District Court docket for the Central District of California, No. 2:20-cv-09846.

For Playboy: Daniel Posner and Marshall Searcy of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan

For Trend Nova: Adam Fox of Squire Patton Boggs

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