Luxottica steps up anti-counterfeiting fight, sues online sellers


Eyewear maker Luxottica has filed a trademark infringement case against a group of online counterfeiters.

The case was filed at the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, on Monday, May 8.

The claim alleged that an interrelated group of counterfeiters based in China had manufactured and sold products in the US through their online stores, using anonymous proxy domains to hide their identity.  

“Numerous defendant domain names also incorporate plaintiff’s trademarks into the URL, and the defendant internet stores often include content and design elements that make it very difficult for consumers to distinguish such counterfeit sites from an authorised website,” said the claim.

Luxottica, which manufactures Ray-Ban and Oakley products, said that “websites like the defendant’s internet stores are estimated to contribute to tens of thousands of lost jobs for legitimate businesses”.

The company is seeking injunctive relief, transfer of infringing sites and goods, and court fees. 

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