The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled in favour of the United States Polo Association (USPA) in its long-running battle with Polo Ralph Lauren over the use of logos depicting polo players.

The USPA said today (5 March) that the court upheld a prior ruling by the New York Federal Court, awarding it the right to use three polo player horsemen logos to promote the USPA.

Polo Ralph Lauren had reportedly claimed that any use of these logos was trademark infringement.

Polo Ralph Lauren and the USPA have been in conflict since 1986, when the USPA first entered the retail clothing business.

In 2000, Polo Ralph Lauren filed suit against the USPA and related defendants for trademark infringement in the Southern District of New York.

But in October 2005, a jury ruled that three of the four logos being used by the USPA did not infringe on PRL's trademarks, USPA reported.

Today's ruling by the Court of Appeals ends Polo Ralph Lauren's attempt to overturn the decision of the Federal Court, according to USPA.

David Cummings, president/CEO of USPA Properties, said: "The decision reached by the Court of Appeals is another victory for the USPA and should be the final chapter in a
very long book."

Spokespeople for Ralph Lauren were not available to comment immediately when contacted by just-style.