Victorinox, in conjunction with its parent corporation Victorinox AG, has been awarded $9.8 million in addition to injunctive relief in its suit against Dallas-based The B&F System, Inc., and its president, John D. Meyer, for infringement of Victorinox’s registered trademark for red-handled multi-function pocket knives.
The lawsuit was originally filed in 2013 when the company became aware of The B&F System, Inc. marketing red handled multi-function pocket knives that resembled the signature Swiss Army Knife marketed and sold by Victorinox in the U.S. for more than 50 years.
Under the court order, The B&F System, Inc. will be required to immediately recall from their distributors and retailers the infringing goods.
“We are gratified with the decision of the court as it protects the Swiss Army knife brand which has been, and continues to be, an important driver in conducting our business for more than 130 years,” said René Stutz, president and CEO of Victorinox Swiss Army.
“This legal victory protects our brand and, most importantly, protects consumers from confusion in the marketplace due to counterfeit product. We will continue to steadfastly pursue any person or organization that purports to deceive consumers with counterfeit products using the trademarked Swiss Army knife brand,” he said.