LONDON — Burberry has been awarded $100,000 in damages in U.S. District Court in Manhattan in a trademark infringement case.

A judge ruled that Marco Leather, a New York-based leather goods company, had infringed Burberry’s trademark rights. The company charged that Marco Leather had imported more than 100,000 counterfeit Burberry goods, including wallets and handbags featuring the Burberry check and a take on the Burberry Prorsum knight. Marco Leather also tried to register a version of the knight and the iconic pattern as trademarks.

“This ruling marks an important milestone for Burberry and for the luxury goods industry,” said Stuart Lockyear, the company’s director of intellectual property. “Burberry will not tolerate counterfeiting or abuse of its trademarks, and will always push for the maximum penalty.”

A representative of Marco leather declined comment, but Burberry said that the company refused to admit liability. In addition to paying London-based Burberry damages, Marco Leather was ordered to abandon its trademark application and to halt use of all design details deemed to be “confusingly similar” to Burberry’s.

This story first appeared in the July 21, 2006 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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