jeweler Fabergé sues Faberge, a Brooklyn restaurant
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[June 06, 2014]
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Luxury jeweler
Fabergé filed a copyright lawsuit on Thursday against a New York City
restaurant for what it called a "shameless" appropriation of Fabergé's
name and distinctive storefront facade of repeated gold and purple
The restaurant, which opened last fall in the heavily Russian
neighborhood of Sheepshead Bay, "is an effort to free-ride on the
enormous good will" established by Fabergé and "confuse consumers
and members of the general public," according to the lawsuit filed
in federal court in Brooklyn.
Reached by phone, Vladislav Yusufov, the owner of the New York's
Faberge restaurant, said he had no intention of stealing anything
from the iconic jeweler.
"We haven't copied nothing from Fabergé. We don't sell jewelry," he
said. "We are totally different. Our business is food sale. French
and steaks." Unlike the jeweler, the restaurant spells its name
without an accent, and has replaced the letter 'A' with the Eiffel
Tower in its logo.
The luxury jeweler was founded in 1842 in St Petersburg, Russia, and
made some 50 of its ornate, jewel-encrusted eggs for the Russian
Tsars from 1885 to 1916. Forty-two have survived, and can trade
hands for tens of millions of dollars.
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The restaurant Faberge, which also hosts events, does not sell eggs
on its menu, but values its porterhouse at $49.90.
(Reporting By Edith Honan; Additional reporting by Jonathan Allen;
Editing by Sandra Maler)
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