Designer Kicks Up Fuss Over Timberland Boots

Law360, New York (October 18, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT) -- Shoe designer Meynard Designs Inc. is going toe to toe with The Timberland Co. in a suit alleging the powerhouse shoemaker’s latest line of boots infringes trademarks for the Earth footwear brand.

The complaint, filed Friday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, claims that Timberland’s line of Earthkeepers shoes are confusingly similar to Meynard’s Earth family of marks, likely leading retailers and shoppers to lump the two together.

Meynard does not itself sell footwear but licenses trademarks to other companies, like Earth...
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