British artist alleges greeting card company copied her designs without consent

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Mar 13, 2018

LOS ANGELES — A British artist is suing a greeting card company, alleging copyright infringement.

Garima Dhawan filed a complaint March 6 in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against America Greetings Corporation, PRGCO LLC, doing business as Papyrus, Target Corporation, et al., alleging the defendants infringed on the artist's registered designs by creating, making and/or developing designs directly infringing on the plaintiff's trademark. 

According to the complaint, Dhawan discovered the defendants were selling patterned gift bags that bear designs identical or substantially similar to her copyrighted designs. Dhawan says without her consent or authorization, the defendants reproduced, distributed and sold the infringing goods to the public. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendants continue to misappropriate a copyrighted design and unlawfully reproduce, import, distribute, and sell the goods featuring a design identical, or substantially similar, to the registered design.

Dhawan seeks trial by jury all profits, statutory damages up to $150,000, attorney fees and all other relief the court deems appropriate. She is represented by attorneys Farhad Novian, Joseph A. Lopez and Sharon Raminfard of Novian & Novian LLP in Los Angeles.

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California case number 2:18-cv-01818-ODW-GJS

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