Report: Cartier Sues QVC over Watch Design

Cartier has accused QVC Inc. of selling watches that infringe on several of the French jeweler’s designs, Women’s Wear Daily reports (subscription required).

Cartier alleged that the West Chester, Pa.-based home shopping giant has promoted and sold watches that copy its Santos and Pasha Grille trade dresses, according to a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan Feb. 13, WWD reports. The jeweler also named two of QVC’s business partners, JMAM LLC and TWI Watches LLC, as defendants in the case.

At least some of watches are part of the Joan Rivers-branded jewelry collection, WWD reports. Rivers conducts business through the JMAM company.

Cartier accuses all three companies of trade dress infringement and QVC and TWI Watches of design patent infringement in the complaint, WWD reports. The luxury brand is seeking a permanent injunction, the destruction of any infringing goods, all profits from the sale of any infringing items, and other unspecified damages.