Duel sues Bass Pro Shops over ‘infringements’
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A Japanese lure company is suing Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World for what it describes as patent and trademark infringements.
The suit, filed by the Duel Company in a federal court in Miami, Florida, accuses the giant Cincinnati-based chain of infringing a patent covering one of its lures.
The company claims that among the infringing products are Bass Pro’s Offshore Angler Island Popper Series and that Bass Pro’s use of ‘Rattlin Vibe’ in connection with its products infringes its US trademark registrations for Rattl’n and Rattl’n Vibe.
Bass Pro is accused of choosing the Rattlin Vibe mark in order to trade on the fame of the Japanese company’s products. The similarity between the two companies’ trademarks causes consumer confusion, Duel says in its pleadings.
Duel is seeking a court finding of infringement of both its patent and trademarks, awards of financial damages, litigation costs and attorney fees. It has also asked the court to order Bass Pro to halt its alleged infringement and for seizure and destruction of all infringing promotional materials.