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German automaker sues Amazon for trademark infringement

By Ferraiuoli LLC - 27/12/2017
German automaker sues Amazon for trademark infringement

In April 2016 German multinational automotive Daimler AG, owner of the Mercedes-Benz brand, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) accusing American giant Amazon for selling fake Mercedes-Benz wheels from 10 distributors.

On October 17, the German automaker added a new litigation front suing Amazon in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles for trademark infringement, unfair competition and violation of the California Consumer Protection Law, claiming that the company sells fake Mercedes-Benz wheel center caps.

“Amazon’s sale of the infringing products causes significant damage to Daimler. Sales of the infringing products decrease sales of authentic Mercedes-Benz wheel center caps, and tarnish Daimler’s reputation for quality and excellence", states part of the lawsuit, which says that "the infringing products are of substantially inferior quality than authentic Daimler wheel center caps".

In the lawsuit, Daimler submitted a report stating that trademark infringement and counterfeiting activity on Amazon has increased since 2015, when the company began to induce Chinese manufacturers and distributors to sell on its electronic commerce platform. The report adds that other recognized global brands, such as French fashion house Chanel, have already sued Amazon in the past for similar situations. 

By Ferraiuoli LLC - 27/12/2017
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Ferraiuoli LLC (FLLC) was founded in 2003 by the late Blas Ferraiuoli-Martínez, Eugenio Torres-Oyola and María Marchand-Sánchez. This group was then joined in 2004 by Fernando J. Rovira-Rullán, thus forming the founding core of FLLC. FLLC has grown exponentially since its founding from a law firm with three attorneys and a support staff of three to its current size of 54 attorneys with a support staff of 38. Also, FLLC has grown from initially being known as an intellectual property and corporate law boutique law firm to a multiservice law firm that handles most matters relevant to a business while continuing to earn praise for its leading intellectual property and corporate practices.

FLLC has been ranked as a leading law firm in Puerto Rico by the professional publication Chambers Latin America in intellectual property, corporate, bankruptcy, labor & employment, real estate, and tax law. Moreover, 17 FLLC partners have been ranked as leaders in their field by the same publication. 4 FLLC partners are ranked as leaders in Intellectual Property, no other firm has more than 2. This recognition in such a short period of time is a tribute to FLLC’s business model.

FLLC prides itself in doing its work faster and more cost-efficiently yet with the same quality as that of its main competitors. The founding name partners are available at all times to attend to client matters. Their work ethic sets the tone for the rest of the firm. FLLC’s founders’ goal has been steady from the outset: become one of the premier multiservice law firms in Puerto Rico.