K&N Engineering, Inc. v. Autoplicity LLC (D. Mass. 21-cv-12141).

  • January 3, 2022

K&N accuses Autoplicity of trademark infringement, unfair competition and false advertising under the Lanham Act as well as tortious interference with contractual and advantageous business relations in connection with Autpolicity’s resale of K&N Products without authorization.  K&N designs and sells automotive filtration products and technology through a network of authorized resellers who agree not to transfer products to unauthorized resellers.  Autoplicity is ont an authorized reseller, but obtained K&N products and offers them for sale via Amazon and eBay as well as through its own “autoplicity.com” and “thmotorsoports.com” websites.  K&N asserts that Autoplicity infringes on its federally-registered “K&N,” “Ariad,” and “AEM” marks through these unauthorized sales, and falsely claims that the improperly-sold products are covered by a manufacturer’s warranty.  It is unclear why K&N chose Massachusetts for this lawsuit, as K&N is a California company and Autoplicity is alleged to reside in Chicago.

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