JOSEPH ABBOUD is a registered trademark owned by JA Apparel.
Since 2007, the man and the corporation have been playing a very public game of tug-of-war over the designer's desire to use his name commercially, albeit in a non-trademark fashion -- an issue of interest to all of those potentially nameless souls who ignore Counterfeit Chic's advice and put their names on their labels. Last fall, Magistrate Judge Theodore H. Katz of the Southern District of New York concluded that JA Apparel had purchased exclusive rights to the name. Earlier this week, however, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated the judgment and remanded it to the district court. (Opinion here.)
Name may be destiny, but it seems that the destiny of this particular name is still to be determined.
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