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Klein, Lauren Argue Bottle Design

June 30, 1998

NEW YORK (AP) _ It’s the battle of the bottles.

Calvin Klein says Ralph Lauren’s soon-to-be-marketed women’s perfume comes in a bottle that looks just a little too familiar.

In papers filed in federal court, Klein claims the upcoming Romance is identical in appearance to Klein’s Eternity. Eternity comes in a silver-capped rectangular bottle with a collar shaped like a wedding band. Ditto for Lauren’s Romance.

Also, the Eternity and Romance bottles contain an inner bottle shaped like an hourglass that ``emulates the curves of a woman’s body,″ according to the court papers.

Klein claims Lauren’s bottle is likely to confuse shoppers.

Not so, Lauren responded.

``This lawsuit is ill-conceived. The bottles are different. The packaging is different. The advertising is different,″ the company said in a statement Tuesday.

A court hearing is set for July 20.

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