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NEWS: Around the Arctic February 24, 2012 - 5:25 am

Canada Goose lawsuit alleges it’s being fleeced by competitor

Patch and its placement on the left arm of its jackets form a "highly distinctive trademark"

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Canada Goose Inc., known for its parkas featuring a distinctive circular patch and Canada goose emblem, is suing International Clothiers Inc. in federal court for trademark infringement.
Canada Goose Inc., known for its parkas featuring a distinctive circular patch and Canada goose emblem, is suing International Clothiers Inc. in federal court for trademark infringement.

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Canada Goose Inc., known for its parkas featuring a distinctive circular patch and Canada goose emblem, is suing International Clothiers Inc. in Federal Court for trademark infringement.

The company behind one of Canada’s most popular winter jackets says it’s being ripped off.

Canada Goose Inc., known for its parkas featuring a distinctive circular patch and Canada goose emblem, is suing International Clothiers Inc. in federal court for trademark infringement.

The company alleged in a late January court filing that International Clothiers is intentionally misleading Canadians into purchasing low-quality knock-offs of Canada Goose products by using “confusingly similar” patches and logos.

Canada Goose claims its red, white and blue logo patch and its placement on the left arm of its jackets form a “highly distinctive trademark” that International Clothiers is violating with its Canada Weather Gear and Super Triple Goose products. They want the court to force International Clothiers to stop selling the jackets and, with Canada Goose’s supervision, destroy their remaining stock.

In its claim, the company wrote that International Clothiers is a seller of “poor to mid-level quality goods” that, unlike Canada Goose products, are made mostly outside Canada.

They allege that multiple complaints about the alleged infringement went nowhere.

None of the allegations have been proven in court.

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