RAFT Halts Harvey’s Furniture in Trademark Infringement Dispute

13.07.2012 (comments: 0)

ACID member RAFT take Harvey's Furniture to task over a trademark infringement

Image of Mick Quinn Director at RAFT

ACID (Anti Copying in Design) members RAFT Ltd have taken action to put a stop to infringing use of its trade mark by Harvey’s Furniture. Harvey’s brought out a range of furniture called ‘RAFT’ which was a clear infringement of RAFT’s registered Community Trademark E006461826 and also brought about an allegation of passing off. In addition, the furniture in the range, and the graphical style of the text used in the advertising, bore a significant resemblance to RAFT’s range and marketing. All use of the RAFT name has now stopped and Harvey’s have paid costs in the matter as a result of RAFT taking quick action and instructing ACID accredited law firm McDaniel & Co. to take action.

Mick Quinn, Director of RAFT commented, “This is a great result for us, we have successfully enforced our rights against a much bigger company and have sent a clear message that we will not tolerate infringement of our rights in a business that we have worked incredibly hard to build and create a strong reputation for within the market as a quality, ethical brand.”

Kelly Hudson, solicitor at McDaniel & Co. commented “RAFT demonstrated how effective pre-action correspondence can be and ensured they did not simply make empty threats. This is a key part of Raft’s an effective IP protection strategy in ensuring potential infringements are followed up immediately”

Dids Macdonald ACID’s CEO said,  “As a positive gesture of goodwill I will be writing to invite Harvey’s to sign the voluntary ACID Code of Conduct with its accompanying guidelines which aim to help retail personnel avoid unintentional infringement in the future. This is a Government endorsed initiative and part of ACID’s ongoing “Commission it, don’t Copy it” campaign.” 

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