Merit Reaches Agreement in Copyright Suit

Sirena Solitaire yellow pendantMerit Diamond Corp. said it has reached a final agreement in its copyright lawsuit against Samuels Jewelers, Inc. and Rogers, Ltd., Inc.

Merit says that the two jewelry chains, owned by India-based Gitanjali Group, have agreed to discontinue sales and advertising of and destroy all remaining accused knock-offs of Merit’s “Solitaire” and “Three Stones” pendants, signature pieces of Merit’s Sirena Collection.

“In addition, Samuels and Rogers have paid Merit all of their profits from the sales of the accused knock-off ‘Solitaire’ and ‘Three Stones’ pendants and have paid Merit’s attorney’s fees incurred in connection with the lawsuit,” Merit said in a statement.

Sirena Three Stone pendantMerit filed the copyright lawsuit in December.

“This lawsuit and settlement is another example of Merit’s readiness to go to great lengths to successfully protect and enforce its intellectual property rights and ensure that pieces from its Sirena Collection are not produced and copied by third parties without consent,” Merit said.