BCBG Says Givenchy’s Nightingale Bag IP Suit Won’t Fly

Law360, Los Angeles (November 7, 2011, 4:52 PM EST) -- BCBG Max Azria Group Inc. on Friday urged a California federal judge to toss French couture house Givenchy SA’s suit claiming its U.S. competitor violated trade dress and unfair competition laws by making knockoffs of its signature Nightingale handbag.

“Givenchy … contends that BCBG’s use of purportedly similar features for its Rembrandt and Lulu handbags is likely to confuse consumers into believing that BCBG’s bags are made by Givenchy,” attorneys for BCBG wrote Friday in a joint brief laying out each party’s position on BCBG’s motion...
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