According to TMZ, an agreement was reached on June 1 in the courts, but the terms of the deal will remain sealed. Rémy Martin believed that 50’s Branson Cognac could’ve caused confusion in the industry due to their similar circle jewel-shaped bottles.
Reps for Rémy Martin relayed to TMZ that they’re relieved that the trademark dispute has been resolved and they respect 50’s foray into the spirits industry.
Reports emerged back in February that the two parties were close to settling the lawsuit, while 50 Cent previously accused Rémy Martin of being jealous of his brand’s success.
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“They are afraid of me already,” 50 wrote in a since-deleted 2022 Instagram post. “Branson Cognac is the new wave. REMY is #2 Behind Henny and worried about Branson SMH I’m just getting started.”
Rémy claimed in the lawsuit that the Branson bottle was a “blatant attempt” to copy its X.O. design. The company described it as “nearly indistinguishable” from RM’s bottle, and referred to it as a “near exact reproduction.”
Sire responded at the time, claiming the design itself is “simply too basic to be locked up by any single company.”
“No brand or company has the right to exclude others from making or selling curved bottles for Cognac or other alcohol,” Sire’s attorney Reena Jain stated. “Nonetheless, Remy Martin is on a mission to eliminate Sire Spirits from the Cognac market.”
50’s Sire Spirits even filed a countersuit which Rémy Martin looked to have thrown out in 2022, but the courts sided with the rapper, believing his claims were sufficient.
“They know i didn’t take their bottle design,” he wrote on Instagram. “The Big brands try to put smaller brands in court when they start gaining momentum to slow them down. They know Branson Cognac is the new wave.”