Dolce & Gabbana Settles Suit

Firm settles with Marimekko.

MILAN — Marimekko said Tuesday it had reached an agreement with Dolce & Gabbana regarding the use of the Finnish textile and clothing firm’s floral pattern, Unikko. Marimekko had contested Dolce & Gabbana’s unauthorized reproduction of a pattern similar to the design.

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Dolce & Gabbana has agreed to pay an undisclosed sum to Marimekko each time it uses the pattern. A spokeswoman for the Italian fashion house declined comment on the settlement.

In July, Dolce & Gabbana filed an application with the European Union’s Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market requesting that Marimekko’s trademarks of its red figure Unikko for textiles and textile goods, and for clothing and headgear, be declared invalid.

Earlier this year, Marimekko 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.