much discussed "Tiffany" stone, that they spelled it with one F - Tifany.
Hi Pat, I don’t know that that would be enough to deter any
worthwhile attorney… if there is such a thing! If you started
producing a car you called “Cadilac”, I’m pretty sure you’d have a
whole fleet of lawyers seeking to make your acquaintance. It strikes
me as a feeble attempt to find some room to maneuver, but if the
Tiffany chose to pursue it, they would probably prevail. Its a
question of whether it is worth trying to enforce… what is the
Ralph Lauren’s legal team recently forced a local “adult
entertainment venue” named Polo to change its name. The logo and sign
in no way bore resemblance to Lauren’s well-recognized trademarks,
and even though I’m confident the sport of polo predates Mr. Lauren’s
birth, the establishment in question chose not to fight.
I realize that’s a different set of circumstances, but serves to
illustrate that it’s often a matter of whether either party cares
enough to take legal action, and whether the other party feels up to
the fight. I don’t know the perceived lack of action on Tiffany’s
part means the party marketing the stone would prevail in a legal
battle, were it to come to that.
P.S. I’m not an attorney… but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express
Sebaste Studio and
Carolina Artisans’ Gallery
Charlotte, NC (USA)