PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A federal jury has found that a Medford, Ore., company infringed on a trademark with a line of key chains that featured an insignia similar to that of the luxury purse maker Coach Inc.
The Portland jury this week ordered Siskiyou Buckle Co. to pay Coach $75,000.
Coach argued the key chains featured its recognizable sideways "C'' logo. They were ordered from a Chinese manufacturer for Siskiyou's largest customer, The Hillman Group, and were sold to retailers Wal-Mart Stores and Lowe's Companies.
The Oregonian reports (http://is.gd/vNwgxh ) that Coach already had sued and settled with the retailers and Hillman.
Siskiyou's lawyer denied the company had infringed upon Coach's trademark. According to statements by Siskiyou co-owner Ken Stringer, the Oregon company made no profits from the key chains and in fact incurred losses of $131,000 on the deal.