Nicopure Labs, the parent company of e-liquid manufacturer and electronic cigarette supplier Halo Cigs, has won a trademark infringement suit filed against French e-Liquid manufacturer V.F.P. France.
The French Tribunal of Paris (Tribunal de Grande Instance) found V.F.P infringed upon 12 Nicopure trademarks (popular e-liquid products Prime, Turkish Tobacco, Captain Jack, Kringle’s Curse, Tribeca, Midnight Apple, Torque, Tiki Juice, Malibu, Longhorn, Freedom Juice, and SubZero) after it was discovered V.F.P. had fraudulently registered brand names with the National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) for products Nicopure has been selling in France since 2010 including products sold under these trademarks.
The following is a summation of the French court’s ruling:
- V.F.P. must transfer ownership of those 12 French trademarks to Nicopure Labs, LLC.
- Ruled that V.F.P. committed trademark infringement by marketing products under these names in France.
- Ordered V.F.P. to pay Nicopure Labs sums of 40,000 EUR in damages and 6,000 EUR under Article 700 of the Code of Civil Procedure (which requires the losing side to pay a portion of the other party’s court costs.)
This decision may be appealed by V.F.P.
But for now, Jeffrey Stamler, co-owner of Nicopure Labs stated, “We are very happy with the court’s decision, not only for our company, but for our loyal resellers and customers as well.”