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Amazon, Valentino file lawsuit against US counterfeiter

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Jun '20
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Amazon and Italian luxury brand Maison Valentino recently announced a joint lawsuit against Kaitlyn Pan Group, LLC and New York resident Hao Pan for counterfeiting Valentino Garavani Rockstud shoes and offering the those products for sale on kaitlynpanshoes.com and Amazon.com, thus violating Amazon policies and Valentino’s intellectual property rights.

Amazon shut down Kaitlyn Pan’s seller account in September last year. Despite multiple notices of infringement and a cease and desist order, Buffalo, New York-based Kaitlyn Pan continues to import, distribute, sell and offer infringing products on its website.

Kaitlyn Pan further attempted to apply for a US trademark for its infringing Valentino Garavani Rockstud shoes, flagrantly and willfully disregarding Valentino’s intellectual property, said a press release issued by Amazon and Valentino.

Valentino has seized more than 2,000 counterfeit products in the last three years in the United States. With the help of US based local agents, Valentino has taken legal action against several companies selling both online and offline products bearing without authorisation trademarks and industrial designs owned by Valentino.

“The vast majority of sellers in our store are honest entrepreneurs but we do not hesitate to take aggressive action to protect customers, brands, and our store from counterfeiters. Amazon and Valentino are holding this company accountable in a court of law and we appreciate Valentino’s collaboration throughout this investigation,” said Dharmesh Mehta, vice president, customer trust and partner support for Amazon.

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