An intra-family trademark battle has broken out, pitting handbag designer Laura Buccellati against her great-uncle Mario Buccellati's jewelry company.
The jewelry company recently filed a trademark infringement lawsuit in a federal court in New York, alleging that Laura Buccellati has used her name to falsely suggest that the family company is associated with her line of luxury handbags, wallets, belts and other accessories, Women's Wear Daily reported.
The complaint singled out a sentence on Laura Buccellati's website, stating that her handbag products are made in the same tradition as the jewelry and watches her family is famous for, WWD reported. Buccellati Holding contended this constitutes false designation of origin and results in trademark dilution and unfair competition. The company seeks an injunction against Laura Buccellati's brand, as well as damages.
Laura Buccellati told WWD she is aware of the suit but has not yet been able to review the legal documents.
According to the source, Laura sold her stake in the family company in 1989. On the Buccellati Holding website, the company describes itself as a "family enterprise" involving three generations.