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Don't Name Your Furniture Store After A Grocery Store

On May 14, 2015, Aldi Inc., the grocery store chain, sued Aldis Furniture Inc. for contempt of a 2002 consent decree.  Aldi Inc. v. Aldis Furniture Inc., et al., 2:15-cv-2696 (N.D. Ill.).  The parties tussled before and the obvious and inevitable trademark infringement action brought by the grocer against the retailer resulted in a 2002 agreement. The retailer, however, apparently thought 13 years was long enough and opened a new furniture retail store named:

aldi's furniture

The whole affair falls into the "duh" category by the defendant.  However, it underscores a trend in furniture retailing.  Furniture is being sold everywhere--including grocery stores.  Next time you are at your neighborhood large chain grocery store look around.  I bet you will find at least some outdoor furniture for sale.  In the meantime, let's hope that the Aldi's Furniture folks are wise enough to quickly change their name (again).

Copyright © 2023 Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP All Rights Reserved.National Law Review, Volume V, Number 139
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Jacob S Wharton, Womble Carlyle, Intellectual Property Attorney, Home Furnishings industry Lawyer
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Jake devotes his practice primarily to intellectual property dispute resolution, including patent, trademark, and copyright infringement litigation; proceedings before the Trademark Trial & Appeal Board; trade secret misappropriation litigation; antitrust matters; and related intellectual property disputes. Jake has also counseled clients on defamation and trade libel matters. Prior to focusing on dispute resolution, Jake prepared and prosecuted patent applications in the pharmaceutical, agriculture, biotechnology, and life science technologies. Jake has counseled institutional,...

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