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The Plaintiff in this trademark lawsuit is a West Lafayette, Indiana-based provider of high-quality window treatments and blinds. The Plaintiff owns a trademark registration for GENESIS in connection with “window blinds, window shades, and venetian blinds,” with a claimed date of first use of April 1, 1994.

The Defendants are Coulisse, a Dutch company (operating out of Miami, Florida) that has been selling window coverings since 1992. Coulisse has begun promoting a line of “Genesis” smart window coverings, consisting of “elegant screens with a focus on functionality.”

Stay tuned for the Defendants’ response, but the easiest solution seems to be a quick rename of their Genesis concept line, which is just one of several available lines. A few promotional documents will require some text change but that’s fairly easily accomplished.

Lafayette Venetian Blind, Inc. v. Coulisse Distribution LLC et al.

Case Number: 4:22-cv-00047
File Date: June 29, 2022
Plaintiff: Lafayette Venetian Blind, Inc. v. Coulisse Distribution LLC
Plaintiff Counsel: William P. Kealey, David M. Stupich of Stuart & Branigin LLP
Defendant: Coulisse Distribution LLC, Coulisse Holding USA Inc.
Cause: Declaratory Relief, Trademark Infringement, Unfair Competition, False Designation of Origin, Common Law Trademark Infringement
Court: Northern District of Indiana
Judge: Philip P. Simon
Referred To: Andrew P. Rodovich