Southern District of New York — On January 29th, 2018, Colgate-Palmolive filed a lawsuit against Ranir LLC, an oral healthcare company. The lawsuit alleges trademark infringement. The toothbrushes being sold by Ranir allegedly infringe upon the “360°” trademark owned by Colgate. Legal Advantage, premier choice for patent illustration services, explains more:
Colgate-Palmolive’s Lawsuit Against Ranir
According their complaint, Colgate has been marketing toothbrushes and oral health products under their “360°” trademark since 2005. Colgate states that in the last five years, sales of 360°-branded Colgate toothbrushes have placed the product line among the best-selling products of their kind in the country. Colgate alleges that in late 2017, Ranir started unlawful operations in the marketplace by launching a new line of oral health products they called “SMILE 360”.
Colgate argues that Ranir has never legally acquired the rights to use the “360°” in their branding and should have known about Colgate’s rights to the “360°” marks. Colgate’s reason for believing this is based on Ranir being a contract manufacturer for Colgate until December 31st, 2017. Colgate alleges in the lawsuit that adding “SMILE” doesn’t eliminate confusion among consumers. They argue that using “SMILE 360” branding is a deliberate attempt by Ranir to give consumers a false impression. As a design patent drawings specialist, we recommend paying attention to this case to better understand the importance of trademark protection.
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