Fabergé Sues Brooklyn Restaurant

I’ll have the eggs!

Jeweler Fabergé is suing a Brooklyn restaurant of the same name, which it claims is getting a “free ride” from its international reputation.

The restaurant, also named Faberge (with no accent), has a “substantially identical” design to Fabergé’s storefront, the jeweler charges in legal papers filed June 4 in New York federal court. The similarity makes it “likely, if not inevitable, that consumers and members of the general public will be confused into assuming, incorrectly, that the Faberge Restaurant is owned” by the jewelry company, they add. 

 

Photos from Fabergé court papers 

Fabergé the jeweler (left), and Faberge the bistro

The suit charges trademark and copyright dilution, cybersquatting, and other charges. It seeks an injunction against use of the name and unspecified damages.

The restaurant owner could not be reached for comment, but he told The New York Post: “We don’t sell eggs here. We don’t sell jewelry. We sell French food in Sheepshead.… We have this name legally, and we have nothing to do with them,” adding that the restaurant has been open a year.

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