What's in a name? Chicken restaurant sued for copyright infringement

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What's in a name? Chicken restaurant sued for copyright infringement

by: Haps staff | .
Busan Haps | .
published: April 20, 2016

A Seoul-based chicken restaurant was fined 14.5 million won for trademark infringement after a court ruled its name was too similar to the French fashion house Louis Vuitton.

The restaurant also used a similar version of the French company’s logo on napkins and carry-out boxes.

According to Agence France Press, the restaurant, named “Louis Vuiton Dak”, or ‘Louis Vuiton Chicken’, was given a cease and desist order by a Seoul court to stop using the name or face a fine of 500,000 won per day.

Not to be outdone, the owner then changed the name to “chaLouisvuitondak”, and tried to argue that the name doesn’t resemble the famous French fashion house.

The court was not amused.

It fined him the 14.5 million in a ruling which said “the name sounded almost the same.”

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