Virgin Enterprises yesterday accused an individual of infringing its ‘Virgin’ trademark. The claim alleged infringement from Virgin Capital Partners (the fictitious entity) along with US man Frenchie Benjamin and internet service provider Namecheap.
Namecheap is the registrar for domain names with which Benjamin registered virgincapitalpartners.com and virgincapitalpartners.net in 2016. Virgin has supposedly tried to resolve the alleged infringement with Namecheap and Benjamin in what they call “blatant and willful” trademark infringement, but Benjamin has allegedly refused to comply.
Virgin owns 115 US trademark registrations and applications which include ‘Virgin’ as the main element and over 4,500 domain names that incorporate the ‘Virgin’ mark as well as a range of goods and services. Virgin is seeking damages; a permanent injunction; and for the ownership of virgincapitalpartners.com