A New York court has ordered Faberge Lounge (2007 Emmons Avenue) to pay $25,000 and cease using its current name after the restaurant was successfully sued by Faberge Limited, the luxury European jeweler.
The restaurant’s owners were also ordered to alter its storefront design, which the court determined was too similar to that used by Faberge Limited.
“This is a strong outcome for Fabergé because it shows we can and will protect our interests, even when they extend beyond our core business. This judgment should be a deterrent to prevent future fraudulent attempt at using the Fabergé trademark without the authorisation of Fabergé Limited,” said Fabergé President Robert Benvenuto.
Even before the judge ruled, the restaurant had already covered up its sign, as Sheepshead Bites noted on July 24.
The luxury jewelry designer filed suit in June, claiming that the restaurant’s name and design violated its trademark. They also said that the purple and gold storefront “shamelessly appropriated both the FABERGÉ trademark and Fabergé’s storefront design to impart a luxurious high-end atmosphere for its restaurant.”
The Faberge brand dates back to 1842, and became world famous when they created the first Faberge Imperial Eggs for the Russian Tsar Alexander III. Faberge Lounge opened last year.