Car maker Audi has taken on a man allegedly running a string of websites which sell counterfeit Aldi merchandise including key rings, car accessories and badges.
The complaint was filed at the US District Court for the Central District of California on Wednesday, September 12.
The defendant, named as Onunwa Kelechi Iwuagwu, and his alleged business Okixtreme, were accused of selling knockoff goods on the internet using the domain name audibadges.com among others.
Audi stated that it had conducted a test purchase of decals and tire valve stem caps in May, “all of which incorporated the Audi marks and none of which are authorised or licensed by plaintiffs”.
Other websites listed on the complaint include autobadges.com, chromecarletters.com and eurobadgez.com, all of which have allegedly sell infringing goods which “dilutes, tarnishes, and whittles away the distinctiveness of the Audi marks”.
Audi first registered the Audi Rings trademark, US registration number 0,906,52, in 1971 as well as the Audi grille design, number 4,499,913, first registered in 1960 .
The ‘913 trademark “obtained secondary meaning and was duly registered as a trademark on the principal register by the USPTO because it was found to have become synonymous with the Audi brand”, the claim read.
Audi is seeking destruction of the infringing goods, injunctive relief, “costs and disbursements incurred in the action” and $100,000 per infringing domain name.
The car maker has been at the centre of similar lawsuits previously.
Our sister publication WIPR reported that James Gunter had been sentenced to two months in prison, suspended for two years, after being found guilty of selling counterfeit car parts including fake Porsche and Audi products on eBay.
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