Ralph Lauren Teddy Bears Spark Copying Lawsuit

A New York-based designer of stuffed animals has sued Ralph Lauren, accusing the brand of selling stuffed bears resembling her own. Samantha Goldberg alleged in her suit that Ralph Lauren has been selling teddy bears handmade from imported Scottish cashmere by her company, Alvin & Sparky.

She claims that her "Big Teddy" retails for $195 and her "Little Teddy" for $170. Goldberg said she learned around September 2013 that Ralph Lauren had begun selling "substantially identical," non-cashmere knockoffs at a fraction of the price, typically $24.50 to $49.50.

 Alvin & Sparky teddy bears (left) & Ralph Lauren (right)

Alvin & Sparky teddy bears (left) & Ralph Lauren (right)

Goldberg claims that Ralph Lauren sells the knockoffs in its own stores, online and through third-party retailers like Macy's, Bloomingdale's and Saks Fifth Avenue. Moreover, she alleges that her stuffed animals are also sold by Harrods of London, and that she never gave permission for Manhattan-based Ralph Lauren to copy her designs. She is seeking damages and a halt to the alleged copyright infringement.