August 07, 2007

It was recently announced that Tiffany and Company obtained a Final Judgment by Consent in its favor from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against Starglam Inc. and John Shamir for widespread trademark infringement and counterfeiting. Shamir, the principal behind Starglam, previously served a prison sentence for his role in the counterfeiting, and was ordered to pay Tiffany and Company nearly $1M from the sale of counterfeit products. The counterfeit products were available in Asia, New York City, and across the world via eBay. According to the 2003 JCKOnline article (link below), a raid four years ago resulted in the confiscation of counterfeit jewelry and counterfeit packaging with the Tiffany & Co. trademark. Starglam had been selling counterfeit necklaces, bracelets, and rings through its own website and on eBay under the name “Tiffanyplus.” Tiffany and Company also has a civil action pending against eBay “because of the large amount of counterfeit Tiffany silver merchandise that has been sold on eBay auction sites” according to the Yahoo! article (link below). Tiffany and Company is the owner of dozens of registered U.S. trademarks, including 37 live registrations for “Tiffany & Co.” and related variants.

Yahoo! Article: LINK
JCKOnline Article: LINK

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