Elini Ordered to Stop Selling Watches Similar to Franck Muller’s

A New York City federal judge in July ordered Elini to stop selling three watch lines that allegedly copied Franck Muller luxury watches. The order by Judge George Daniels incorporated a written agreement between the companies to “settle the controversy between them.” Under that settlement, neither admitted liability, and there wasn't any award of damages or costs. Franck Muller USA, based in New York City, originally sued Elini Designs Corp., Miami, and Elini BVBA, Antwerp, Belgium, for trademark infringement, copyright infringement, and unfair competition. It alleged Elini's New Yorker, Jumbo, and Dolce watch lines copied designs and features of Franck Muller's Conquistador Chronograph and Cintrée Curvex watch lines. The judge's order, noting FMUSA's ownership of trademarks and copyrights of the cited watches in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean, “permanently rest

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