The Gap Escapes 'Lower East Side' Trademark Suit

Law360, New York (August 2, 2012, 7:16 PM EDT) -- A New York federal judge ruled Thursday that Gap Inc. did not infringe trademarks inspired by Manhattan's Lower East Side neighborhood, finding that T-shirts made by the marks' owner don't resemble those sold under Gap's Old Navy brand closely enough to cause confusion.

U.S. District Judge Paul A. Engelmayer granted Gap's motion for summary judgment in a 42-page opinion, noting several procedural deficiencies that warranted dismissal of Robert G. Lopez's claims that Gap copied his “LES” design, which appears on shirts he has sold on the...
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