RAEN Optics, LLC announced details of its lawsuit against Warby Parker Inc. (formerly known as Jand, Inc. dba Warby Parker) for trademark infringement in an action filed in United States District Court for the Southern District of California, located in San Diego, California. The lawsuit was originally filed on February 5, 2021.
RAEN is the owner of U.S. Registered Trademark No. 5,016,634 for REMMY, the name of its top-selling eyewear style. The lawsuit alleges that Warby Parker’s use of REMY in association with its own products constitutes an alleged infringement of RAEN’s federally registered trademark for REMMY. In addition to the use of the name, Warby Parker appears to have paid for search engine advertising of its product by using RAEN’s REMMY trademark. Initial reviews by RAEN found that Warby Parker appears to have named other of its eyewear products after other existing third-party trademarks or individuals associated in the eyewear industry but not associated with Warby Parker. RAEN intends to argue that this pattern of using others’ names is calculated by Warby Parker to drive internet traffic their direction to increase sales.
RAEN Optics CEO Jeff Fitzhugh stated, “As is evidenced by this action, RAEN is vigilant in the protection of its intellectual property and will aggressively protect our owned trademarks and patents. These marks play a significant role in our brand development and brand positioning. We hope Warby Parker will ultimately elect to respect those rights.”
About RAEN Optics:
RAEN wanted to make a difference and be the driver of change within the industry. As an independent company frustrated by the lack of quality eyewear at an accessible price, they sought out to forge a new path focused on the use of premium materials in order to create carefully crafted and attainable, on-trend, fashion-driven eyewear. Designed in California.