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Satchel brands set for ‘copycat’ battle 

Leather satchel brand The Cambridge Satchel Company has made a claim against rival brand Zatchels for infringement of intellectual property rights.

The Cambridge Satchel Company has taken the case against Zatchels’ and its parent company and manufacturer, Leicester Remedials & Sewing, to the High Court. It has also made a claim for compensation and damages for breach of contract and the unlawful use of goods including valuable leather stocks, thought to be worth in the region of £60,000.

The claim was filed at the High Court in London on October 4 and alleges that Leicester Remedials & Sewing, which was formerly the manufacturer for The Cambridge Satchel Company, used the brand’s designs, patterns and leather to set up Zatchels, putting it in direct competition.

The Cambridge Satchel Company was set up in Cambridge by Julie Deane in 2008. In 2010, following an increase in demand, Deane contracted Leicester Remedials & Sewing as a manufacturer.

As part of the contract with Leicester Remedials and Sewing, The Cambridge Satchel Company provided all of the leather up front.

In April, Deane was alerted to the existence of Zatchels. Documents filed at Companies House show Zatchels was registered as a company in December last year at the same address as Leicester Remedials & Sewing.

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