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Court ruling boosts Invista counterfeit battle Print
Friday, 08 January 2010

Milan ? Invista has secured a key victory against the growing problem of counterfeit goods after two courts in Italy ruled against the importation of garments that misuse the company?s famous Lycra fibre brand.?

The criminal Court of Taranto ruled against the importation of counterfeit hosiery bearing the Lycra fibre brand, a trademark owned by Invista, while a judge in the Court of Como also recently ruled against the importation of counterfeit goods bearing the Lycra 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.

The problem of counterfeit goods is an ongoing one for Invista which says it is working continually to help stem the flow of the illegal products. ?Invista takes trademark infringement very seriously and we will continue taking actions to prevent illegal production, distribution and trading on our brand name,? ?Max Wiesendanger, executive vice president for Invista?s apparel business in Europe and South Asia said. ?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.?

In May last year, customs officials, also in Italy, seized more than 26,000 pieces of counterfeit ladies? swimwear bearing the Lycra fibre trademark. The shipment, originating from China and destined for Rome, was on a truck arriving from the UK.