Remember Fabergé? You probably know the limited number of jewelled eggs created by Peter Carl Fabergé from 1885 to 1917. The House of Fabergé made about 50 eggs and 43 have survived. The most famous of the eggs are the ones made for the Russian Tsars Alexander III and Nicholas II as Easter gifts for their wives and mothers. An original Faberge egg is valued in the tens of millions of dollars.
The jewellery house is now on the brink of an IP war, and is going after the operators of Faberge restaurant and lounge in Brooklyn, New York. The restaurant is not only named Faberge, but it also copies Fabergé’s luxury image and trademarked name, according to the lawsuit.
The restaurant displays a very distinctive storefront style, with purple diamond-shaped patterns outlined in gold. Fabergé claims this is their hallmark – and trademarked! – design of the jewelry company’s retail outlets in London and Kiev.
The fact that the restaurant also has named dishes on the menu with allusions to the history of the House of Faberge, does not help. Nor does the annual Easter Egg, the restaurant organises.