Saturday, November 17, 2007, 1:19 PM

COUTURE v. CANINES: NO INFRINGEMENT BY CHEWY VUITON

In Louis Vuitton Malletier, SA v. Haute Diggity Dog, LLC, the Fourth Circuit this week ruled no confusion between canine toys and couture. Haute Diggity Dog makes dog toys, "Chewy Vuitons," modeled after Louis Vuitton purses. Louis Vuitton sued for trademark and copyright infringement. The Fourth Circuit affirmed summary judgment for Chewy and against Louis. The Fourth Circuit held that "[t]he satire is unmistakable," and that Chewy "conveys a joking and amusing parody" and "irreverently presents haute couture as an object for casual canine destruction."

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