Richemont-owned Montblanc has won over $32 million in damages against a counterfeiter who operated from a copy of the Montblanc website.
Montblanc called in lawyers back in April last year when Montblanc’s investigator purchased counterfeit products from the fake website.
The defendant in question is Miroslav Ilnitskiy, who set up the site in 2015, as well as an Instagram page to sell the fraudulent items such as timepieces and pens.
Montblanc filed for the dismissal of the fake websites back in September. The websites that Mr Ilnitskiy created were: montblancpensoutletcheapsale.com, montblancpensoutletcheap.com, and montblancpensoutletcheaponsale.com. The websites have since been removed.
“In January, Magistrate Judge Theresa Buchanan recommended Montblanc’s motion for default judgment be granted.” explains World Intellectual Property Review.
“District Judge Leonie Brinkema ordered that the judgment totalling $32.2 million be granted against Mr Ilnitskiy. The figure consisted of $150,000 in statutory damages for violations of the Copyright Act and $2 million in statutory damages for each of the 16 identified trademark violations.”