Fashion Intellectual Property News – Würkin Stiff wins settlement from Amazon

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Würkin Stiffs, a men’s accessories brand, founded by Jonathan Boos and his wife back in 2006, has settled a patent infringement case with Amazon!

The infringement case was filed against Amazon in January about Amazon allowing third parties selling knock-offs of Würkin Stiffs’ patented magnetic collar.

“Marketplaces or websites enabling and profiting from the selling of illegal goods must be stopped,” said Boos. “It was a pleasant surprise to see Amazon respond so quickly to my claims in this ever-growing problem of patent infringement. Although I cannot comment on the details of our settlement, I believe this agreement will be monumental, as I pursue similar avenues in the protection of my patents, trademarks and brand. I’m confident that this is a huge win for all inventors and entrepreneurs alike, who are being ripped off and counterfeited against.”

Würkin Stiff wins settlement from Amazon

About Boos’ innovation, he describes, “My wife bought me a very nice expensive shirt the prior week which I was putting on to wear for the evening. Looking in the mirror, I could not believe the shirt’s collar! It would flare out and not stay in any position I would put it in. I looked like the flying nun! After continual complaining about the way the shirt collar looked and time running out. . .I immediately configured a make-shift magnetic collar stay. Yes, it was primitive. However, the basic idea was there and more importantly it worked. The collar adjusted exactly to the way I wanted the collar to look. ”

I want to applaud Amazon for acknowledging the alleged wrongdoing and congratulate Boos for winning the settlement.  It takes courage to make a step and defend his company’s product patent. In the fashion business, it is imperative.

We saw this Facebook post from Hok Wai on February 28 about a settlement between Converse and H&M.  Back in February 2015, Converse, owned by Nike Inc., had entered into settlement agreements with H&M and Zulily Inc. Intellectual property in fashion industry is a very complicated subject. The most significant lawsuit in the recent years was Christian Louboutin vs. Yves Saint Laurent back in 2011. It is just VERY VERY complicated. In the converse case, it seems like they had started to file lawsuits back in 2014. (source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…/chuck-taylor-lawsuit_n_5985…)

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