It’s a good month for Ralph Lauren. Not only has the company reported its Quarter 1 2014 net revenues up 3.3% (at a cool 1.7 Billion dollars), America’s favourite designer has also won a €75K judgement in an Italian court against Bergamo-based textile company Fratelli Martinelli Textile Srl for trademark infringement.
Fratelli Martinelli Textile Srl used Ralph Lauren’s iconic Polo player logo to sell a line of home accessories and linen under the brand name American Polo Sporting Club. The Milanese court found the company guilty of creating and selling counterfeit merchandise and ordered it to withdraw from the market and destroy all products and advertising materials bearing the trademarks, pay 75 thousand euros in damages plus legal fees. It has also been banned from using the trademark again.
“We are very pleased with this decision and that the court recognized and acknowledged the uniqueness of the Ralph Lauren logo and polo player,” said a Ralph Lauren spokesperson. “We will continue to defend our brands and heritage against attempts to infringe on our intellectual property rights or to copy our unique trademarks and logos.”
Ralph Lauren started his eponymous fashion line back in in 1967 when he opened a necktie store where he also sold ties of his own design, under the label ‘Polo’. In 1971, he expanded his line and opened a Polo boutique on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. The company has since gone on to become one of the most successful fashion companies in the world. The company is known for its vigorous protection of its trademark, taking legal action against anyone it perceives to be infringing it.