Cases & Matters

Members of the Gioconda Law Group have been privileged to represent a wide array of corporate, individual and governmental interests in complex litigation and intellectual property matters. The following is a representative list of cases that our attorneys have publicly appeared in while with the Gioconda Law Group, or while employed by previous law firms:

  • Salvatore Ferragamo S.p.A. v. Arthur Alexander Borders, et uno., the Gioconda Law Group is lead trial counsel to the Plaintiff Salvatore Ferragamo in a trademark infringement and unfair competition case currently pending in Tallahassee, Florida, against Arthur Borders, relating to his use of the name "CARLOS FERRAGAMO" for music-related products and services.

 

  • AlienGear Universal, LLC v. Tedder Industries, LLC d/b/a AlienGear Holsters et al., the Gioconda Law Group is lead trial counsel to the Plaintiff AlienGear Universal in a trademark counterfeiting, trademark infringement and unfair competition case currently pending in New York against Tedder Industries and related entities involving the name "ALIEN GEAR" for gun belts, holsters and related products.

 

  • Spuds Ventures, LLC v. Anheuser-Busch InBev Worldwide, Inc., et al., the Gioconda Law Group represents the Plaintiff in a pending trademark infringement, unfair competition and dilution case in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, arising out of the Defendants' "Spuds MacKenzie" advertising campaign.

 

  • Carol M. Highsmith, et al. v. Getty Images (US), Inc., et al., the Gioconda Law Group was lead trial counsel to the Plaintiffs.  We are pleased to confirm that all parties achieved a mutually acceptable resolution to the lawsuit, eliminating the need for further litigation.

 

  • Salvatore Ferragamo S.p.A. v. Vince Ferragamo, et al., the Gioconda Law Group is lead trial counsel to the Plaintiff Salvatore Ferragamo in a trademark infringement and unfair competition case currently pending against former NFL Quarterback Vincent Ferragamo and his winery.

 

  • Edison Coatings, Inc. v. Freedom Cement LLC, et al., the Gioconda Law Group was lead trial counsel to the Plaintiff in a trademark infringement and unfair competition case relating to the trademark ROSENDALE NATURAL CEMENT PRODUCTS, and its companion Cancellation Proceeding pending before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

 

  • Dormitus Brands LLC v. AT&T Mobility LLC, the Gioconda Law Group is lead counsel to the Plaintiff in an Opposition Proceeding alleging that the CINGULAR brands were abandoned by AT&T, currently pending before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

 

  • Martelli e Figli, S.r.l. et al. v. Perio, Inc., the Gioconda Law Group represented the manufacturer of PRORASO brand shaving products against he maker of BARBASOL brand shaving products, in a trade dress non infringement and invalidity Declaratory Judgment case filed in the Southern District of New York. The case has been resolved by agreement.

 

  • Richemont International, S.A. and IWC, a Division of Richemont North America, Inc. v. John Does 1-11, the Gioconda Law Group represented Richemont and world-famous watchmaker IWC in a trademark counterfeiting and anti-cybersquatting case against eleven defendants who are collectively using nearly one hundred domain names and websites to sell counterfeit watches.

 

  • Salvatore Ferragamo, S.p.A. v. John Does 1 to 41, the Gioconda Law Group represented Salvatore Ferragamo in a trademark counterfeiting and anti-cybersquatting case against forty-one defendants who were collectively using nearly one hundred infringing domain names and websites to sell a wide variety of counterfeit Ferragamo merchandise.

 

  • Stuart Weitzman IP, LLC v. John Doe 1, the Gioconda Law Group represented designer Stuart Weitzman in a trademark counterfeiting and anti-cybersquatting case against a defendant who was using several infringing domain names and websites to sell counterfeit Stuart Weitzman merchandise.

 

  • Sherri Hill, Inc. et al. v. Merle Dress, Inc., et al., the Gioconda Law Group represented distinguished prom and pageant dress designer Sherri Hill in a copyright and unfair competition case against Hong Kong-based dress manufacturer Merle Dress, Inc. and its related entities.

 

  • Lululemon Athletica v. John Does, the Gioconda Law Group represented lululemon athletica in a trademark counterfeiting and anti-cybersquatting case against several defendants who were using over fifty domain names and websites to sell counterfeit lululemon merchandise.

 

  • Runberg, Inc. d/b/a Zephyrs v. Victoria’s Secret Stores, et al., the Gioconda Law Group represented hosiery designer Zephyrs in a $15M breach of contract case against Victoria’s Secret Stores, Inc., Limited Brands and related companies in the Southern District of Ohio (Columbus Division).The Lawsuit has been resolved by agreement.

 

  • Burberry Limited v. John Does, the Gioconda Law Group represented Burberry Limited (UK) and Burberry Limited (US) in numerous trademark counterfeiting and anti-cybersquatting cases against defendants who were collectively using hundreds of infringing domain names and websites to sell a wide variety of counterfeit Burberry merchandise.  The Southern District of New York has granted Permanent Injunctions against all the Defendants, as well as awarded over a quarter of a billion dollars in damages.

 

  • Hermes of Paris Inc., et al. v. John Doe 1 a/k/a Li Hua, et al., et al, the Gioconda Law Group represented Hermes in a trademark counterfeiting and anti-cybersquatting case against numerous defendants who were using over thirty-four (34) domain names with Hermes, Outlet and/or Sale in their names to sell counterfeit merchandise. The Southern District of New York has entered a Final Judgment in the amount of one hundred million dollars ($100,000,000) and entered a Permanent Injunction against the Defendants.

 

  • Michael Kors L.L.C. v. John Doe 1 a/k/a Zheng Little, et al., the Gioconda Law Group represented Michael Kors in a trademark counterfeiting and anti-cybersquatting case against numerous defendants who were using thirty-five (35) domain names with “Michael Kors” and “Outlet” and/or “Sale” in their names to sell counterfeit Michael Kors merchandise. The Southern District of New York has granted a Default Judgment and Permanent Injunction against the Defendants.

 

  • Tiffany & Co. v. BitchinBagz LLC et al., the Gioconda Law Group represented Tiffany & Co. in an anti-counterfeiting litigation in the Southern District of New York.  The matter has been favorably settled.  The Group also assists Tiffany with policing and protecting its valuable rights against counterfeit golds being sold on trade boards such as AliBaba, TradeTang, DHGate, and others.

 

  • La Quinta Worldwide v. Q.R.T.M. S.A. de C.V., the Gioconda Law Group represented La Quinta Worldwide in a successful trademark infringement judgment entered after a bench trial in the District of Arizona, Tucson Division, relating to the Defendant’s intended use of the name QUINTA REAL in connection with new hotels in the United States.  La Quinta is also represented by the Gioconda Law Group in defending against the appeal of that judgment before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

 

  • Freeplay Music LLC v. NBA et al., the Gioconda Law Group represented Freeplay Music, an online music library, in a copyright infringement case in Manhattan federal district court against several defendants including the NBA, Turner and Sportsbrand Media Group.  The matter has been settled.

 

  • Playboy Enterprises et al. v. On-Line Entertainment, Mr. Gioconda represented Playboy in a trademark infringement jury trial in federal district court in Brooklyn relating to domain name of a Playboy television program, and successful appeal in the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

 

  • Playboy Enterprises et al. v. Certain Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Chapter Members, Mr. Gioconda represented Playboy in a trademark infringement litigation in Florida relating to a fraternity chapter’s unauthorized use of the Playboy logo.