Darden Concepts, Inc. has filed a trademark infringement action against a TGI Friday’s franchisee located in San Diego, California, alleging that its use of “Never Ending Shrimp” to promote one of its menu offerings infringes the “Never Ending Pasta Bowl” mark that Darden has registered and used in its Olive Garden restaurants for 15 years. Darden Concepts, Inc. v. Briad Restaurant Group, L.L.C., No. 10-2077 (U.S. Dist. Ct., S.D. Cal., filed October 6, 2010). Darden alleges that use of the “Never Ending Shrimp” mark has the potential to confuse the public and will mislead consumers to believe that TGI Friday’s restaurants are affiliated with Darden’s Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants. Darden alleges violations of federal and state law and seeks injunctive relief, all profits and damages resulting from defendant’s infringing activities, treble damages, attorney’s fees, and costs.
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Olive Garden owner sues TGI Friday’s franchisee for trademark infringement
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