New York (December 3, 2012)—Loudspeaker manufacturers Meyer Sound (Berkeley, CA) and Vue Audiotechnik (Escondido, CA) have settled out of court on a lawsuit filed by Meyer, alleging trademark infringement among various issues.
Filed in the Federal District Court for the Northern District of California last June, Meyer’s suit alleged that Vue’s then-current corporate logo infringed upon Meyer’s trademark. Additionally, the lawsuit “asserted other claims against Vue and a former Meyer Sound employee currently working for Vue,” according to a company statement.
“This legal action was necessary to protect Meyer Sound’s intellectual property rights and to prevent confusion in the marketplace,” said Helen Meyer, co-founder and executive vice president of Meyer Sound. “We are pleased with the settlement. It resolves issues related to our company’s valuable trade secrets, and eliminates the possibility that people might be misled into assuming that Vue or its products are associated with or endorsed by Meyer Sound.”
Vue's former logo
Contacted for its views on the matter, Vue Audiotechnik opted instead to release a statement on its website from its executive vice president—and former Meyer employee in question—Jim Sides, which read in part, “In the end, innovation and a return to long-term customer relationships are the core principles from which Vue Audiotechnik was founded, and I cannot think of a clearer validation that we’re on the right track than when an established player grasps at any opportunity to slow our momentum.”
While the settlement terms are confidential, of note is the fact that Vue’s insignia was recently redesigned.