17/10/2013

Business enws : Ugg Prevails in Counterfeit Suit Against Dutch Firm

Deckers Outdoor Corporation has won a lawsuit filed against it by Dutch footwear manufacturer Intermedium Shoes over the sale of Ugg copycat boots. Intermedium filed its complaint against Deckers after Deckers took action against a retailer in Germany for selling fake Bailey boots, which was manufactured and distributed by Intermedium.

The Hague District court upheld Deckers’ patented design and ordered Intermedium to “cease and desist, immediately from producing, offering, marketing, importing, exporting or using” its counterfeit product or keeping it in stock. Intermedium was ordered to pay a fine of €5,000 (£4,200) for each breach of the order, up to a maximum of €250,000 (£212,000)

Angel Martinez, president, chief executive and chairman of Deckers, said: “Intermedium’s infringement and subsequent attempt to invalidate our long-standing Registered Community Design in the European Union illustrates the breadth and depth of the issues we face as an industry, when large and established companies attempt to skirt the law.”

Deckers’ director of brand protection Leah Evert-Burks added: “Deckers has been and will continue to be vigilant in protecting Ugg and our other brands from manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers worldwide who attempt to trade on the Ugg brand name for their own benefit, in the process hurting both legitimate retailers and consumers.”

By press release through sportsonesource

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