Klein, Lauren Argue Bottle Design
Jun. 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.