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Quote of the Day - Fix this sentence: He put the horse before the cart. - Stephen Price
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Trademark Infringement Claim Rides Off Into The Sunset

A horse is a horse, of course, of course, unless the horse is the famous ... polo pony?  To analogize an old television show (link has sound) if you will forgive me, that's essentially the decision of this New York jury, as reported by the Associated Press. 

You have likely seen Ralph Lauren's polo pony on preppy shirts, especially if you live on the right coast.  (Out here on the left coast, we are not so much a slave to fashion, where the logos are not nearly as popular.)  The U.S. Polo Association wanted to use the logo of a polo pony for their Jordache shirts, but when they did, Polo Ralph Lauren sued for trademark infringement.  On the USPA site, if you click on this link, you get a disclaimer that the USPA is not affiliated with Ralph Lauren, but that warning apparently didn't satisfy the large merchandiser.

Just yesterday, the jury found that three of four of the USPA/Jordache shirts did not infringe Ralph Lauren's design.  The Polo Association declared a victory, and Ralph Lauren will now decide whether to appeal the decision after its defeat and get back on that horse and ride.

Printer friendly page Permalink Email to a friend Posted by J. Craig Williams on Friday, October 21, 2005 at 09:26 Comments Closed (0) |
 
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