Bar ordered to pay Chanel for trademark damages

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Bar ordered to pay Chanel for trademark damages

A small Korean bar has been ordered to pay damages to Chanel for infringing upon the trademark of the French luxury house, court records showed yesterday.

The Seoul Central District Court ordered the local bar, known as the Chanel Business Club, to pay 10 million won ($8,800) in compensation to Chanel, saying that the bar inflicted damages on the distinctiveness and reputation attached to Chanel’s trademark.

In the lawsuit, Chanel claimed that the bar’s use of “Chanel” in signs and leaflets for its business for years has damaged the distinctiveness of the registered trademarks owned by Chanel.

The French fashion brand also said that the bar’s offering of services viewed as negative caused harm to its high-fashion image.

In a similar case, the Daejeon High Court in 2010 ruled that a local karaoke bar’s use of Burberry in its name violated the rights of the British luxury brand.

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