Robert Lopez Sues Macy’s Over Lower East Side Trademark

Posted on: June 14th, 2012 at 6:28 am by

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Best sticker ever

The battlefield of litigation – strewn with the corpses of infringing parties – has been silent for quite some time. Robert G. Lopez, founder of the LES Clothing Co. and owner of its Lower East Side trademark, was focusing his energies on running the brand from his nascent retail store at 43 Clinton Street. Now it’s back to the front lines for the guy.

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Apparently a few customers had come into the store looking for a specific LES-branded shirt that Macy’s recently began selling. Ever on top of his game, Lopez swiftly filed suit yesterday against the department store for appropriating the Lower East Side moniker for exploitation. As with previous actions targeted toward the Goliath-sized fashion industry, this so-called David is seeking all profits derived from sale of such goods as well as punitive damages.

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Taking a step back, it’s incredible how successful Lopez has been in enforcing his intellectual property. There was Payless Shoesource, J. Crew, Aeropostale (2 times), Urban Outfitters, and Mitchell & Ness.  Not to mention New Era Cap, www.cafepress.com, www.skreened.com, and www.t-shirtmojo.com. If past is precedent, expect another settlement here.

Below is the complaint, hot off the press:

Robert Lopez vs. Macy’s

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