Tiffany & Co. won a trademark case late last month against 78 companies that sold counterfeit Tiffany jewelry on their websites. U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra in Miami awarded the company $2.18 million in damages on October 29 along with a permanent injunction. The 78 defendants sold counterfeit Tiffany goods via websites, which also infringed Tiffany’s trademarks, such as salestiffany.net, shoptiffanyco.com, tiffanyandcomall.com and bluejewelrybox.com. The judgment required that the website operators’ domain names be transferred to Tiffany.
Michael Kowalski, chairman and chief executive officer of Tiffany, said in a statement, “Trademark counterfeiting severely damages brand owners and consumers alike. The way to stop it is to take aggressive action against the counterfeiters and make them pay, civilly.” Tiffany operates jewelry stores and manufactures products through its subsidiaries and doesn’t authorize the sale of its merchandise through any third-party websites. Authentic Tiffany merchandise can only be purchased online through www.tiffany.com. Tiffany was represented by Stephen Gaffigan, a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, lawyer who specializes in counterfeiting suits.
In February, Tiffany accused Costco Wholesale Corp. in a lawsuit of selling counterfeit Tiffany diamond engagement rings. Costco isn’t authorized to sell Tiffany items, the New York-based jewelry retailer said in its complaint.