Williams-Sonoma accuses Wayfair of infringing a number of its design patents on furniture. Williams-Sonoma says that it sells products embodied in these patents through its West Elm brand, and creates new collections of designs each season. It says that Wayfair deliberately knocked off these products for years. Wayfair recently described a product line as “West Elm-inspired,” but Williams-Sonoma says that rather than being “inspired,” these products are willful infringements. In addition to design patent infringement, Williams-Sonoma says that Wayfair falsely advertises that the infringing products are available only through Wayfair, despite being West Elm designs that could be bought at West End stores or through the West End website. Williams-Sonoma brings nine counts of design patent infringement, false advertising under the Lanham Act, unfair competition under both Massachusetts (where Wayfair is located) and California (where West End is located) law, and false advertising under California law.
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