Summer Classics settles design patent, trade dress infringement with Costco

On April 10, Gabriella White, a family of brands composed of Summer Classics, Gabby and Wendy Jane based in Pelham, Alabama, resolved a yearlong lawsuit against Costco for both design patent infringement and trade dress infringement.

Summer Classics, a leading designer and manufacturer of premium outdoor furniture, recently enforced its patent rights against Costco, a multinational membership-only retail outlet, for infringement of patent and intellectual property rights in response to the sale of low-cost, replica outdoor seating collections originally created and popularized by Summer Classics. The suit was filed on April 24, 2023, in the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Texas in the Waco Division. 

The lawsuit was settled amicably with Costco; the membership retailer agreed to cease sale of the disputed product and to provide a payment of an undisclosed amount to Gabriella White LLC. 

Gabriella White, a family of brands, prides itself on designing distinct, award-winning furniture with excellence in delivering premium quality and manufactured products. The company ensures that each brand’s designs are crafted in respect to the design community and consumers for innovation, authenticity and durability. 

“Summer Classics and Gabriella White LLC are dedicated to providing unique furniture and design for life’s best moments,” says Bew White, Gabriella White’s founder and executive chairman. “We are happy to see the U.S. court system has aided us in enforcing our patent and trade dress, and we remain committed to designing and releasing furniture that our customers know and love. We will continue to seek and engage the design community to establish these rights and ensure these protections are respected and valued in the future.”

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