A woman wearing an aviator jacket that she says she wore to the 2016 Rio Olympics has launched a lawsuit claiming she was discriminated against.
The suit, filed in US District Court for the Northern District of California, claims that the company responsible for selling the jacket, which was made by American Eagle Sports, was using an outdated trademark for the jacket’s name and logo.
“This is a case that is a direct result of American Eagle using outdated trademarks to market a product that has already been approved by the US Patent and Trademark Office for use on a commercial basis,” the suit reads.
“The US Patent Office is not only legally obligated to ensure that a product is ‘registered’ with the USPTO but also that it is approved for use in the US market.
A statement from American Eagle said it was “appalled” by the suit and “disappointed” by it’s filing.””
The company’s use of these outdated trademarks has been an ongoing and intentional violation of the US Patents Act and the US Government Trademark Policy.”
A statement from American Eagle said it was “appalled” by the suit and “disappointed” by it’s filing.
“We are aware of the suit, which we are confident will be dismissed in the courts,” it said.
The American Eagle product has since been removed from Amazon.com.