Restoration Hardware Hammers Target With Design Patent Suit

Access practice tools, as well as industry leading news, customizable alerts, dockets, and primary content, including a comprehensive collection of case law, dockets, and regulations. Leverage...

By Anandashankar Mazumdar

Luxury furnishings retailer Restoration Hardware Inc. is accusing discount retailer Target Corp. of infringing four design patents covering outdoor furniture.

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California Feb. 5, is over the Smith & Hawken brand’s Premium Edgewood line of wicker patio lounge furniture sold by Target.

The Premium Edgewood pieces are so similar to its Provence Collection that Target must have been aware of the Provence furniture before developing and marketing the accused items, Restoration Hardware said in its complaint.

In 2015, Restoration Hardware filed three lawsuits over Provence line design patents. The company voluntarily dismissed each of those complaints, according to a Bloomberg Law docket seach.

Target declined a Bloomberg Law request for comment.

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP represented Restoration Hardware.

Restoration Hardware, Inc. v. Target Corp. , N.D. Cal., No. 18-770, complaint filed 2/5/18

To contact the reporter on this story: Anandashankar Mazumdar in Washington at amazumdar@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mike Wilczek at mwilczek@bloomberglaw.com

Copyright © 2018 The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Request Intellectual Property on Bloomberg Law