Amazon, Valentino File Joint Lawsuit Against U.S.-Based Counterfeiter

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Amazon and Maison Valentino Italian luxury brand filed a joint lawsuit against Buffalo, New York-based Kaitlyn Pan Group, LLC and New York resident Hao Pan for counterfeiting Valentino’s iconic Valentino Garavani Rockstud shoes, and offering the infringing products for sale on https://kaitlynpanshoes.com/ and Amazon.com, in violation of Amazon’s policies and Valentino’s intellectual property rights.

Amazon shut down Kaitlyn Pan’s marketplace seller account in September 2019. Despite multiple notices of infringement and a cease and desist order, Kaitlyn Pan continues to import, distribute, sell, and offer infringing products on https://kaitlynpanshoes.com/.

Kaitlyn Pan further attempted to apply for a U.S. trademark for its infringing Valentino Garavani Rockstud shoes, flagrantly and willfully disregarding Valentino’s intellectual property.

Valentino Implemented Strategy To Protect Intellectual Property Rights

Valentino implemented a Customs Surveillance System and enforced its Intellectual Property Rights specifically in the U.S. Thanks to the ongoing cooperation with U.S. custom authorities, over the past three years Valentino seized more than 2,000 counterfeit products.

Alongside with Customs enforcement, Valentino implemented a surveillance system aimed to detect counterfeit products on sale in the U.S. market.

With the help of U.S. based local agents, Valentino has taken legal action against several companies selling both online and offline products bearing without authorization trademarks and industrial designs owned by Valentino.

Valentino also carried out Online Brand Protection activity on online platforms, which led the company to remove over 7,000 listings on several marketplaces, more than 360 websites and over 1,000 social media accounts selling counterfeit products bearing without authorization trademarks and industrial designs owned by Valentino.

Lawsuit Proceeds To Benefit Valentino – Not Amazon

This joint lawsuit builds on Amazon’s history of collaborating with brands to hold counterfeiters accountable. In line with Amazon’s past joint litigation, Valentino will receive any proceeds from this suit.

Amazon strictly prohibits counterfeit products and, in 2019 alone, invested more than $500 million and had over 8,000 employees protecting its store from fraud and abuse, including counterfeiting and IP infringing products.

Because of its efforts, the company says 99.9% of all products viewed by customers on Amazon have not received a valid counterfeit complaint.

Amazon also works closely with law enforcement agencies and reports all confirmed counterfeiters to US and European authorities to help them build stronger criminal cases.

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