50 Cent has accused liquor brand Rémy Martin of attempting to “eliminate” Sire Spirits, the rapper’s cognac company. The 46-year-old and his company are embroiled in a lawsuit filed by the liquor brand, which has accused Sire Spirits of design infringement.
Rémy Martin say Sire Spirits infringed upon their “trade-dress and design-patent rights in its jewel-shaped glass cognac bottle design,” a claim the New York rapper denies; insisting that the French firm is “afraid of me already Branson Cognac is the new wave.”
Both the rapper and his legal team have denied any similarity between the bottle designs of the two companies, saying the renowned liquor brand wants to eliminate Sire Spirits from the competition. Reena Jain, 50 Cent’s lawyer, said the liquor brand aims to “monopolize the cognac market.”
“No brand or company has the right to exclude others from making or selling curved bottles for cognac or other alcohol. Nonetheless, Remy Martin is on a mission to eliminate Sire Spirits from the cognac market.
“Remy Martin’s efforts to monopolize the cognac market and draw spirits into a multi-front legal battle in order to force an exorbitant settlement should not be allowed to continue.”
The rapper says he took inspiration for the bottle design from canteens used during the Civil War, adding that he hopes the case will be dismissed and the French liquor brand will be ordered to cover his legal fees.
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