By  on August 19, 2014

MILAN — The Court of Milan’s intellectual property division has found Bergamo-based textile company Fratelli Martinelli Textile Srl guilty of creating and selling counterfeit merchandise with a logo intentionally similar to that of The Polo/Lauren Co. LP, a subsidiary of Ralph Lauren Corp.

According to a published report in the Corriere della Sera, Fratelli Martinelli Textile had been selling a line of home accessories and linens with a polo-player logo it called “American Polo Sporting Club.” In November 2011, The Polo/Lauren Co. LP and RL Fashions of Europe Srl, its local distributor, filed a complaint against the Italian textile firm.

The court ordered Fratelli Martelli Textile to remove the offending merchandise from sales points and destroy all related products and promotional materials. In addition to legal fees, the company will also have to pay 75,000 euros, or about $100,000 at current exchange, in damages to the plaintiffs.

Reached for comment, a Ralph Lauren spokeswoman said: “We are very pleased with this decision and that the court recognized and acknowledged the uniqueness of the Ralph Lauren logo and polo player. We will continue to defend our brands and heritage against attempts to infringe on our intellectual property rights or to copy our unique trademarks and logos.”

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