Gene Johnson Oct. 23, 2015, 2:33pm


A McKean County company that designs, manufactures and sells knives is suing a salesman in Iowa for allegedly misleading and deceptive conduct by selling a knife similar to their own – with a similar-sounding name.

Microtech Knives Inc. filed a lawsuit against Charles E. Dellavecchia on Sept. 22 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania citing misleading and deceptive business practices.

Microtech Knives Inc. claims that Dellavecchia, via Alibaba.com, his company’s website, is engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct by selling a knife using the description Scarabaeidea, which Microtech Knives Inc. claims is intended and likely to be confused with their registered mark “Scarab.”

Microtech is seeking a full amount of monetary damages and that the name Scarabaeidea be judged as an infringement on Microtech’s registered mark, Scarab. They also ask for the destruction of all merchandise that infringes on Scarab trademarks.

Microtech Knives Inc. is represented Daniel C. Lawson of Bradford.

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania case number 1:15-cv-00231-BR

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