KATE SPADE’S BRIGHT COLORS PAY OFF IN SPADES
Kate Spade LLC (“Kate Spade”) recently weathered an attempt by Saturdays Surf LLC’s (“Saturdays Surf”) to enjoin Kate Spade’s use of the trademark “Kate Spade Saturday” in connection with clothing. Kate Spade filed a declaratory judgment action against Saturdays Surf seeking a judgment that Kate Spade’s “Kate Spade Saturday” trademark did not infringe Saturdays Surf’s “Saturdays Surf NYC” trademark.
The court found in favor of Kate Spade for several reasons. First, each party’s clothing was marketed to a different demographic, men v. women, and 40% of Kate Spade’s “Kate Spade Saturday” line consisted of dresses. The majority