The LEGO Group is suing a company in the USA for copyright infringement, claiming that figures included in construction toys are too similar to the trademarked minifigure.
While it may have been common in recent months to see the LEGO Group combating threats to the company’s intellectual property in China, the company has filed a lawsuit against Lakeshore Learning Materials in Connecticut, USA.
“Selling products that infringe the LEGO Group’s copyrights and trademarks will allow Lakeshore to increase its market share and sales, and enable Lakeshore to establish relationships with customers, and licensors potentially, for whom the LEGO Group competes,” WIPR reports the suit as stating.
While the retailer sells a variety of construction sets with bricks and elements that look similar to those found in LEGO sets, it is specifically the minifigure – and Lakeshore Learning Materials’ version of it – that is the subject of the legal action.
The LEGO Group is hoping that Lakeshore Leaning Materials will be prevented from producing the figures and instructed to destroy the products.