Ramen restaurant brings trademark infringement suit against eateries, asserts defendants stole intellectual property

By John Suayan | Jan 5, 2018

HOUSTON – A ramen restaurant claims three similar eateries committed trademark infringement against it, per recent Houston federal court records.

Jinya filed a lawsuit against Ramen Fun, Mikoto, and Atsumi on Jan. 4, asserting the defendants stole its intellectual property and trade dress.

Court documents show that the plaintiff opened its first location at 18299 Egret Bay Blvd. in Bay Area Houston in October 2014. About six months later, it opened a second location at 3201 Louisiana St. in Downtown Houston.

The respondents purportedly opened for business after the Jinya restaurants. Each place’s interior design was similar, if not identical, to that of the complainant, the suit states.

Jinya further accuses Ramen Fun, which is located in Northwest Houston, of duplicating its menu and employee uniforms.

Consequently, the complainant seeks unspecified monetary damages.

It is represented by attorney Kevin M. Madden of the Law Offices of Kevin Michael Madden, P.L.L.C. in Houston.

Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas Case No. 4:18-CV-0023

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