High street retailer TJ Hughes has been sued by the clothing brand Fred Perry, after having allowed the sale of thousands of fake polo shirts.
The Liverpool-based discount department store accepted it had infringed the label of trademark rights through the sale of about 2,500 shirts in stores and online.
In a settlement, the store has been paid for damages that was not disclosed and agreed to hand over another 755 unsold.
Fred Perry spokesman said that he would always be in order to “protect” his brand.
TJ Hughes has yet to comment on the case.
“More than a logo”
Counterfeit polo shirts bearing both the clothing line of marks – the name of Fred Perry and Laurel Wreath logo was found for sale on the TJ Hughes website and in some of its 20 stores in the united KINGDOM.
The retailer of the sale agreed that the items had violated copyright, and agreed not to sell fake Fred Perry clothing in the future.
The brand spokesperson for the Laurel Crown was “more than a logo for us”.
“It’s a badge of honor that was still sitting on the heart of everyone who wears a Fred Perry shirt, and we will always protect it.”
She added that the company would not “hesitate to enforce our intellectual property rights”, and “always take action against those who want to harm our reputation”.
A spokesman for the law firm that represented the brand, Clarke Wilmott, said the case highlights the fact that retailers must take all necessary measures to ensure the provenance of the products they offer for sale.
The clothing label was launched in the 1950s by the tennis star Fred Perry, and its logo is based on the symbol for the annual Wimbledon tournament.