By  on May 28, 2013

MILAN — After four-and-a-half years of litigation, the Versace group has scored a court victory in a counterfeit case in Northern California against Griffith Suisse Luxury Group. Griffith Suisse had been selling counterfeit Versace-related merchandise on eBay out of the Philippines and Australia. As a result of the court ruling, the group is now prevented from using Versace’s trademarks, and is indefinitely unable to use eBay as a selling platform. “Counterfeit goods not only bring to a dilution of the brand, but are connected to organized crime, child labor and harmful working conditions,” Versace chief executive officer Gian Giacomo Ferraris told WWD. “We are very pleased with the ruling. Versace is a brand that is well known around the world, and the violation of its intellectual property rights is a problem that the company has always been actively fighting. One cannot take pride in being counterfeited.” The executive touted Versace’s user-friendly certified system that allows customers to verify a product through a serial number based on an algorithm. “It’s a clear system and very transparent. We want to protect consumers and all those affected by the manufacture and trade in fake goods,” he said.


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