Roberto Cavalli SpA, an Italian luxury fashion house, has recently been sued by Nader Angha, a leader of the School of Islamic Sufism, for trademark infringement, according to Bloomberg. Angha uses what he calls "the sacred emblem" to identify religious services on and items like books and coins. He registered the mark in May 1987. According to the School of Islamic Sufism's website, the sacred emblem encompasses many meanings, including the name of the first disciple of Islam, the first verse of the Surah Al-Baqara, the name of God and the secret of breath.
Angha alleges a Cavalli logo that appears on perfume bottles, watches, shirts and other garments infringes his trademark for the sacred emblem. The Cavalli logo looks like an upper-case "H" with the legs curving inward on top and bottom, according to Bloomberg, as does the sacred emblem. Angha says Cavalli's use of the logo on unclothed models tarnishes the sacred emblem for which he holds trademark rights.
The suit Angha filed asks the court to bar Cavalli from using the logo and award profit attributable to infringement as well as monetary damages. Angha also wants the court to cancel Cavalli's U.S. registration of the logo in question as a trademark.