Elements Spirits, Inc., Worldwide Beverage Imports, LLC., and Fabrica de Tequilas, S.A. de C.V., Filed Suit Against Sangre de Vida Tequila For Alleged Trade Infringement

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The manufacturer, importer, and owner of the intellectual property rights of KAH Tequila, filed suit on Friday, April 10, 2015, against Iconic Brands, Inc. and its founder and CEO Kim Brandi in the United States District Court in the Central District of California, Elements Spirits, Inc. et al. v. Iconic Brands, Inc., case no. 2:15-cv-02692-DDP-AGR.

KAH Tequila

KAH Tequila

The manufacturer, importer, and owner of the intellectual property rights of KAH Tequila, filed suit on Friday, April 10, 2015, against Iconic Brands, Inc., and its founder and CEO Kim Brandi in the United States District Court in the Central District of California, Elements Spirits, Inc. et al. v. Iconic Brands, Inc., case no. 2:15-cv-02692-DDP-AGR. The companies behind KAH Tequila made trade dress infringement allegations based on the introduction into the marketplace of the Sangre de Vida tequila bottles, which the companies allege look identical to the KAH Tequila bottles. Additionally, the companies allege in the lawsuit that Iconic Brands, Inc., and Kim Brandi have intentionally interfered with contracts and requested in the lawsuit that the court declare that Ms. Brandi’s claimed copyrights are invalid as a matter of law.

The lawsuit also alleges that Kim Brandi, the former CEO of Elements Spirits, Inc., is attempting to claim ownership of certain intellectual property regarding the KAH bottles, which Elements Spirits, Inc., Worldwide Beverage Imports, LLC., (WBI) and Fabrica de Tequilas, S.A. de C.V., (FINOS), allege have always been the property of Elements Spirits, Inc.

Pursuant to the KAH Tequila lawsuit filed on Friday, April 10, 2015, Elements Spirits, FINOS and (WBI) have stated that they will seek an order from the court to prohibit the sale and marketing of Sangre de Vida tequila in the United States. The lawsuit alleges that the Sangre de Vida product violates the intellectual property rights of KAH Tequila, which has been on the market since 2010 and is sold in all fifty states and is around the world.

Iconic Brands, Inc., filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in Mexico against FINOS, through the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property, Intellectual Property Protection Division (I.M.C. 1849/2014 (I-65) 18983)). Iconic Brands, Inc., issued a press release on April 10, 2015 alleging that an injunction had been issued prohibiting the manufacturing, marketing and use of Kim Brandi’s alleged copyrights. The injunction that was issued is no longer of any force and effect, and KAH Tequila is free to be manufactured, sold, imported and distributed throughout the United States and the world.

Any questions about KAH Tequila and the lawsuit should be directed to Delia Rodriguez at Worldwide Beverage Imports, LLC., at (323) 266-8686.

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