British Bed Manufacturer, Hypnos Limited, Begins Legal Action against Hypnos Hoodies

PRINCES RISBOROUGH, England--()--Leading luxury British bed manufacturer, Hypnos Limited, which has held a Royal Warrant in the UK since 1929, has begun a legal action against two Californian brothers over the use of the brand name HYPNOS, after their Kickstarter campaign attracted hundreds of thousands of dollars of investment.

“The infringing use of our name by Hypnos Hoodie has already resulted in numerous instances of actual confusion, with lots of our customers asking why we are now making hoodies.”

UK based Hypnos Limited, which is a close family-run business, has used the trade mark HYPNOS for over a century, and currently sells high quality beds, mattresses and pillows for some of the most prestigious homes and hotels around the world. It is active in the US market, and owns a US trade mark registration for its HYPNOS brand name.

Josh Woodle and his brother Ryne hit the headlines this month when their Kickstarter campaign attracted over $300,000 in investment for the new design of a hoodie with an inflatable pillow in the hood, which they christened the Hypnos Hoodie.

Hypnos Limited filed a civil action on Wednesday 27 January 2016 for trademark infringement in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The action is against an entity doing business as “Hypnos Hoodie”, as well as against its co-founders and others.

James Keen, Managing Director of the retail arm of Hypnos Limited, said: “The purpose of Hypnos Limited bringing this trade mark infringement action is simply to stop Hypnos Hoodie using our famous name. We have no issue with the design of the new hoodie itself.

“The infringing use of our name by Hypnos Hoodie has already resulted in numerous instances of actual confusion, with lots of our customers asking why we are now making hoodies.”

Further details can be obtained from counsel for Hypnos Limited, Mr. Paul Grandinetti, of Levy & Grandinetti in Washington D.C. at (202) 429-4560.

www.hypnosbeds.com (UK website) or www.hypnosbeds.com/usa (USA website)

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For Hypnos Limited
Louise Hall
+44 (0) 121 456 5600
louise@bright-consultancy.co.uk

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