Bulgari Accuses Kenneth Jay Lane of Copying Jewelry Designs

Aug. 14 (Bloomberg) -- Bulgari SpA sued Kenneth Jay Lane Inc., saying the New York jewelry designer copies and imitates its rings and bracelets without permission.

Rome-based Bulgari accused Kenneth Jay Lane, in a complaint filed yesterday in federal court in Manhattan, of copyright infringement, design patent infringement and unfair competition. The company, a unit of LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA, seeks a court order to end the sale of allegedly infringing jewelry and unspecified damages.

“Bulgari’s jewelry items consist of distinctive and original designs, including design elements and features that have become synonymous with Bulgari in the eyes of the public, consumers and the luxury goods industry,” the Italian company said in the complaint.

Jonathan Wolfert, a lawyer who represents Kenneth Jay Lane in a separate trademark infringement case, didn’t immediately return an e-mail or telephone call to his office seeking comment on the Bulgari lawsuit.

The case is Bulgari v. Kenneth Jay Lane, 12-cv-6194, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan.)

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