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7th January 2010, Milan

Court rules on misuse of Lycra brand in hosiery

Invista says that two courts in Italy have recently ruled against the import of garments that misuse its Lycra brand.

The criminal Court of Taranto ruled against the import of counterfeit hosiery bearing the Lycra fibre brand, a trademark owned by global fibre manufacturer Invista and a judge in the Court of Como recently ruled against the import of counterfeit goods bearing the Lycra fibre brand.

The first case concerned a shipment of more than 167,000 pieces of hosiery, originating in China and destined for Sicily. The second case concerned a shipment of 155 parcels of women’s shirts, originated in the United Kingdom and destined for Prato.  Customs officials, as part of a customs monitoring program, detained both shipments and notified Invista for brand authenticity verification.

Max Wiesendanger, Executive Vice President for Invista’s apparel business in Europe and South Asia said: “Invista takes trademark infringement very seriously and we will continue taking actions to prevent illegal production, distribution and trading on our brand name”.

 “The Lycra fibre brand name communicates quality, performance and innovation.  Our customers expect us to protect the value that the Lycra fibre brand provides to them in products such as hosiery and women’s apparel,” Wiesendanger added.

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