When we caught wind that Kim Kardashian’s newly launched model, SKKN BY KIM, is dealing with a lawsuit for trademark infringement, we have been instantly introduced again to Hailey Bieber’s current run-in with copyright infringement for her new model. Bieber was sued for launching a line with the identical title as one other firm, and now SKKN is dealing with a lawsuit for a similar purpose. In Kardashian’s case, the lawsuit was filed by Beauty Concepts, a small, Brooklyn-based cosmetics firm for copying their title and brand.
According to Entertainment Tonight, Beauty Concepts—they filed the lawsuit on Tuesday—claims they’ve used the identical model title SKKN+ since August of 2018. Per the lawsuit, Beauty Concepts reportedly got here involved with Kardashian and mother or father firm Coty in regards to the concern, and the pair “willfully and deliberately” selected to proceed with their plans to make use of the SKKN title.
“This lawsuit is not what it seems,” Kardashian’s lawyer, Michael Rhodes, tells Entertainment Tonight. “SKKN BY KIM is a new brand that follows in the footsteps of Ms. Kardashian’s successful KKW line of products. Building on independent research and development, her company filed a trademark application for SKKN BY KIM to protect the new branded products…We applaud Ms. Lunsford—she is the founder of Beauty Concepts—for being a small business owner and following her dreams. But that doesn’t give her the right to wrongfully claim that we’ve done something wrong.”
Also included in Rhodes’s assertion: “Undaunted, Beauty Concepts then tried to make its business seem more than it was—it leased a new storefront, changed it website, etc. Several times we reached out to Beauty Concepts, trying to find a sensible path to coexistence. We pointed out that running a small esthetician business in Brooklyn does not give it the right to shut down a global skincare line. In the end, Beauty Concepts didn’t really engage with us beyond demanding a lot of money. Since we’ve done nothing wrong, we stood our ground.”
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