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Diane von Furstenberg Takes Target to Court Over Pattern Theft


When you’re going up against someone in court who has a “von” in the middle of their name, it always has to be a little intimidating, because it sorta sounds like you’re getting ready to fight royalty. Target found themselves in that situation late yesterday, in thick with a member of fashion royalty, Diane von Furstenberg, with her design studio claiming that the retailer stole a pattern of theirs for one of their dresses. Here’s some:

Diane von Furstenberg Studio LP, in a lawsuit filed in federal court in Manhattan, alleged the Minneapolis retailer is selling a style of dress that bears a print nearly identical to her trademarked “Spotted Frog” design.

“Specifically, defendants’ infringing dresses nearly identically copy the scale, pattern and colorways of DVF’s Spotted Frog Design,” the lawsuit said. “Defendants’ infringing dresses are ‘wrap’ dresses made of materials designed to look like silk jersey, a style consumers and the general public have come to associate with DVF.”

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