By and  on July 3, 2008

PARIS — Finnish textile and clothing firm Marimekko said Wednesday it would fight to keep its floral Unikko trademarks following a challenge from Dolce & Gabbana.

The Italian luxury firm has filed an application with the European Union's Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market requesting Marimekko's trademarks of its red figure Unikko for textiles and textile goods and for clothing and headgear be declared invalid.

Earlier this year Helsinki-based Marimekko had contested the use of a floral motif in certain Dolce & Gabbana items and won an injunction from Germany's district court of Hamburg preventing the sales and marketing of those Dolce & Gabbana products in Germany.

Marimekko said there are no grounds for a declaration of Unikko's invalidity. "Marimekko will continue to monitor and to protect its intellectual property rights," the firm stated, adding the matter doesn't affect its full-year 2008 outlook.

The Finnish firm has a right to respond to Dolce & Gabbana's application before Sept. 25. Dolce & Gabbana declined comment Wednesday.

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