(San Francisco Chronicle) Manufacturers of the Navy Chair, a distinctive, durable aluminum seat originally designed for World War II ships, have sued retailer Restoration Hardware for allegedly violating their trademark with a lower-priced look-alike that was called, at first, the Naval Chair.
With these "cheap knockoffs ... Restoration Hardware is hijacking and exploiting Emeco's brand image and iconic designs," the manufacturer, Emeco Industries, argued in a lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco.
The suit seeks a ban on further sales of the Restoration Hardware chair and damages equal to three times the profit from past sales.
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