SAN FRANCISCO – A San Jose
Brazilian jiu-jitsu martial arts business alleges its registered mark is being used by a company in the Philippines.
VB Partners LLC, doing business as Lute!, filed
a complaint on March 27 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of
California against Lute Lifestyle Brands and Does 1 through 10 alleging service
mark infringement, false designation of origin and other counts.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff
alleges that it suffered damages to its business. The plaintiff holds Lute
Lifestyle Brands and Does 1 through 10 responsible because the defendants
allegedly used the Lute mark for apparel and for sponsoring events worldwide
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks
enjoin the defendant, deliver for destruction all infringing materials, all
profits, damages, award three times damages to the plaintiff, punitive damages,
all legal fees, interest, and any other relief as the court deems just. It is represented by Christina M. Gagnier and Stephanie A. Margossian of Gagnier
Margossian LLP in San Francisco.
U.S. District Court for the Northern District
of California Case number 3:17-cv-01676