Skagen, Genender Settle Litigation

Two watch companies—Genender International, of Wheeling, Ill., and Skagen Designs of Denmark, whose U.S. office is in Reno, Nev.—have settled litigation against each other over the design of some Genender Hamlin watches.

Genender’s announcement said the litigation was settled “on terms that the parties have agreed will remain confidential.” Skagen’s announcement said Genender “acknowledged certain rights of trade dress held by Skagen in Skagen watches and discontinued certain models of watches.”

Skagen’s suit, filed early this year, alleged some Hamlin watches illegally infringed on Skagen’s rights of trade dress under federal patent and trademark law. Genender counter-sued, claiming Skagen’s design patent wasn’t covered by federal law, because the designs in question weren’t “unique” but had “long been used” by watch manufacturers.

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