Woman’s anger at Tif­fany ‘bul­ly­ing’

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - News -

A GLOUCES­TER woman was shocked when high-end jew­ellery chain Tif­fany and Co threat­ened her small busi­ness with le­gal ac­tion over its name.

Tif­fany Par­mar, 32, filed a trade­mark ap­pli­ca­tion in April for her beauty busi­ness to use the name Cotswold Lashes by Tif­fany. But lawyers for Tif­fany and Co say the “highly sim­i­lar” name could bring its brand “into dis­re­pute”.

It threat­ened to take “any ad­di­tional steps it con­sid­ers nec­es­sary to pro­tect its rights”.

Mrs Par­mar thinks the le­gal chal­lenge is “ridicu­lous” and that the in­ter­na­tional firm is try­ing to “bully” a small busi­ness.

In an open let­ter to Tif­fany and Co, she wrote: “Shame on you. I have no in­ter­est in com­pet­ing with you, nor would I stand a chance. As a very small busi­ness I’m so sad­dened to see that you found it nec­es­sary to go af­ter me so ag­gres­sively for try­ing to do things the cor­rect way and trade­mark my com­pany name.

“I bet even Tif­fany and Co had help along the way as a small ven­ture. It’s a shame you feel the need to squash peo­ple’s dreams.”

Mrs Par­mar, who has two chil­dren, set up Lashes by Tif­fany in 2014 as a beauty sa­lon at her home in Coney Hill Road.

The eye­lash ex­ten­sion spe­cial­ist still runs the sa­lon, but has in­vested £5,000 to ex­pand her busi­ness un­der the name Cotswold Lashes by Tif­fany.

But Tif­fany and Co lawyers sent her an email last week ar­gu­ing the name would cause con­fu­sion and “take un­fair ad­van­tage of our client’s reg­is­tered marks”.

Mrs Par­mar says she will not with­draw the ap­pli­ca­tion and could launch a fundraiser to pay for le­gal costs if Tif­fany and Co takes fur­ther ac­tion.

Mrs Par­mar re­ceived £600 from her grand­mother Au­drey Davies, 80, to en­able her to file the trade­mark ap­pli­ca­tion in April.

“She wants to see my busi­ness suc­ceed,” she said. “She is proud I work as hard as I do.”

Tif­fany Par­mar with a client

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