US: Gucci wins $4.6m judgement in Guess trademark case
Gucci may recover US$4.66m in its lawsuit accusing Guess of copying its designs, a US judge has ruled - although this falls short of the $120m the luxury goods company had been seeking.
US district judge Shira Scheindlin also awarded Gucci a permanent injunction against Guess's use of three of the four challenged designs. The payout reflects profit from specific items where Gucci's trademarks were infringed.
"Over the past three years, the parties have put in countless hours and spent untold sums of money, all in the service of fashion - what Oscar Wilde aptly called 'a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months'," Scheindlin said.
"With the instant disputes now resolved, and with Gucci's entitlement to the relief noted above, it is my hope that this ugliness will be limited to the runway and shopping floor, rather than spilling over into the courts."
Guess CEO Paul Marciano said he shares the sentiment expressed by the court that disputes like this "should be resolved by companies".
"Although Gucci's lawsuit complained about designs that Guess has been using for years - including since the 1980s and 1990s - Guess never received a single complaint from Gucci in all the years before the lawsuit was filed in 2009,"
"In fact, the evidence at trial showed that Guess's use of one of the key designs in the case - Guess's Square letter G - was far more extensive than Gucci's use."
Marciano argued that the "results in this case show that Gucci grossly overreached in its claims and the entire case could have been avoided with a single letter or phone call".
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