Williams-Sonoma Sues Amazon Claiming Patent- And Trademark-Infringement

Williams-Sonoma has filed a lawsuit against Amazon.com that claims patent- and trademark-infringement regarding alleged infringement of Williams-Sonoma intellectual property and unauthorized use of the company’s trademarks.

In the lawsuit, a copy of which was obtained by HomeWorldBusiness.com, Williams-Sonoma alleges that Amazon established an unauthorized Willams-Sonoma-branded store on Amazon.com and claimed that the retail services listed were by Williams Sonoma.

This led to the home specialty retailer receiving various consumer complaints misdirected to Williams-Sonoma, the lawsuit said.

In addition, the lawsuit claims that Amazon infringed on a “wide spectrum” of Williams-Sonoma intellectual property and established competing Amazon brands that sell knockoffs of Williams-Sonoma products.

The lawsuit points specifically to Rivet, an Amazon furniture and home goods product line that is alleged to sell knockoffs of West Elm-branded products.

In addition, Williams-Sonoma highlighted what it said is a patent-infringement of its Orb chair. Debuted in December of 2016 and priced at $299, the chair through the first 10 months of 2018 has accounted for $2 million in sales.

According to the lawsuit, Amazon in March of 2018 started selling its Rivet Modern Upholstered Orb office chair, which Williams-Sonoma said violates its patents on the chair.

An Amazon spokesperson said the company would not comment on pending litigation.