Former Vice Presidential candidate Tom Ford has sued a company he once worked for for using a logo similar to that of his former employer.
In a lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, Ford claimed that his trademark was violated when the logo was made by a company called Heart shaped sunglasses.
“Heart shaped sunglasses was created and marketed by a third party for the purpose of infringing the mark of the United Kingdom Patent and Trademark Office,” the lawsuit states.
“These trademarks are not only misleading, but they are false, deceptive, and misleading.”
Ford said he was a designer at Heart shaped and worked for a firm called the Design Group for the United Nations Development Programme, which funded programs in the region.
“I was asked to help design a logo for a company with a similar name,” Ford said in the suit.
“The logo was based on a photograph of the Secretary General of the UN, a UN symbol, and a reference to the former Secretary General’s office.
It featured the words, ‘UN in a glass.'”
Heart shaped was founded by Mark Rifkin, who is also the co-founder of the design group and who is now a senior vice president at the firm.
Heart shaped did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
A spokesman for Heart shaped declined to comment.