Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Fashion News: Marimekko and Dolce & Gabbana Settle Out of Court

Marimekko ® "Unikko" (Poppy)

Last year, Dolce & Gabbana knocked off Marimekko's Unikko pattern, flaunting the 42 year-old trademark flagrantly. Unlike previous and current Marimekko collaborators who licensed the fabrics (e.g. Manolo Blahnik, H & M), Dolce & Gabbana felt they could just pirate a look-a-like. Curious, from a company that is very quick to yelp the moment it feels pirates are knocking off its wares.

Since then, Dolce & Gabbana has been on the Glam Guide black list and no Dolce & Gabbana items have been featured in a single Glam Guide post.

Marimekko, consequently, sued Dolce & Gabbana for trademark infringement. In an outrageous show of arrogance, Dolce & Gabbana countered by filing an application to have Marimekko's trademark on Unikko declared invalid!!  I suppose Dolce & Gabbana realized they didn't have a leg to stand on, because a few moments ago the newswires reported that Dolce and & Gabbana have settled with Marimekko out of court and will be paying restitution to Marimekko for the use of its Unikko pattern. The amount, of course, is undisclosed. Both parties are dropping their suits.

Wise move, boys. The courts and the publicity machinery around the world would have chewed you to itty bitty bits. And you would have deserved it.

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