Burberry Sues Target For Ripping Off Its Iconic Check Print

Uh-oh.

Burberry is out to protect its iconic check print.

The fashion house filed a trademark infringement and counterfeiting lawsuit (opens in new tab) against beloved retailer Target (opens in new tab) for selling products that were “blatant reproductions” of Burberry's trademark check print, which was introduced in the 1920s.

According to the lawsuit, the luxury brand sent Target a cease-and-desist letter back in 2017 after discovering the retailer produced “unauthorized copies” of the pattern on items including eyewear, luggage, and water bottles. Target, however, continued to produce items featuring the check print, including scarves (one of Burberry’s most coveted items).

The fashion house argues that the "superficially indistinguishable" print Target is selling can confuse shoppers, who might mistake those items for actual Burberry pieces. (Side note: Target does sell Burberry perfume, but not clothing or accessories.)

"Target’s well-publicized history of collaborating with popular brands and fashion designers to promote and sell Target-exclusive limited-edition collections further heightens the risk of such consumer confusion,” reads the lawsuit.

Burberry's currently seeking $2 million for each alleged trademark infringement plus other contentions.

Guess we won't be see a Burberry x Target collab any time soon.

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Marina Liao is the former fashion news editor at MarieClaire.com, where she covered celebrity style (from Meghan Markle to Katie Holmes), fashion trends, and shopping advice, plus conducted original interviews with industry insiders. She's also had many opportunities to write content in other areas such as beauty, food, tech, and even home. Her previous fashion stints include POPSUGAR and Cosmopolitan.