That happy whales can only live on T-shirts sold by Vineyard Vines is at the heart of a lawsuit from the national brand of clothing and accessories against companies that create and sell T-shirts with a drawing of a smiling whale.  Vineyard Vines claims trademark infringement against Mountain Tops Inc., an Arundel-based T-shirt company and its supplier Detroit Lakes, Minnesota-based wholesaler Lakeshirts Inc., or Blue 84, for knowingly and intentionally imitating the brand smile cartoon election design , the Press Herald reported on Tuesday.
According to the mood, which the newspaper reached, the "striking and otherwise unnecessary similarities" between the two whales, both with "a smiling whimsical left-handed anthropomorphic whale with an eye over his smile and an upwardly raised tail fin," Is "imitation"
The lawsuit claims that Vineyard Vines is "known for its colorful, nautical and whimsical designs on its clothing products" and its choice, "an iconic symbol representing the clothing brand Vineyard Vines." to the clothing store Mountain Tops meanwhile says that all they did was buy T-shirts from a supplier and that when they found out about the lawsuit, they removed the clothes from places: “We simply bought the shirts from a supplier … We designed them they are not customized. "
The supplier has not commented on the suit.