Docket Number: 2:11-cv-10414-BAF-MKM
Date Filed: 2/1/2011
Judge: Hon. Bernard A. Friedman
On February 1, 2011, Plaintiff Miche Bag, LLC filed suit against Defendant Sullivan Productions LLC. for patent infringement, trade dress infringement, and for a violation of the Michigan Consumer Protection Act. The case involved design patents for handbags with interchangeable handbag covers specifically U.S. Patent Nos. D610,801; D611,705; and D613,062.
Plaintiff chiefly alleged Defendant’s products, notably the “Shelly Bag,” infringed on its patents and copied the unique and distinctive design features of Plaintiff’s trade dress. In its answer, Defendant denied infringement of Plaintiff’s patents, and also argued that Plaintiff did not possess any trade dress protection. On May 1, 2012, Judge Friedman granted the parties’ motion to stay the case to allow the both parties time to reach a settlement. On July 9, 2012, Judge Friedman signed a consent judgment filed by the parties and dismissed the case, granting Plaintiff a permanent injunction against Defendant’s selling or manufacturing of any handbags with interchangeable covers.