MILAN — A judge ruled in favor of Blufin S.p.A. this week in a case of copied designs. The Carpi, Italy-based fashion company, founded by designer Anna Molinari and late husband Gianpaolo Tarabini and parent to brands including Blumarine and Blugirl, had accused a Naples firm of copying several of its designs and creating brand confusion.
Blufin lawyer Cesare Galli said while the case would take several years to fully resolve, judge Gabriella Ratti’s executive order for the Naples firm to immediately remove copied products from shelves and to buy back copied merchandise from stores was revolutionary.
“As I highlighted during the court hearing as defender of Blufin, the imitator was ordered to buy back from various stores, even at full market price, the counterfeit clothes and related advertising materials, and this is the first time in Italy that this extension follows the order to withdraw [products],” said Galli, adding that the order conformed to enforcement standards of European-wide intellectual property laws, and that it was “an important step forward in the defense of design” in Italy.
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“It’s more than positive,” he noted. “The judge fully understood our position and we remain optimistic about the direction of the case.”
Judge Ratti’s decision offered a welcome bit of good news for Blufin, which is headquartered in the northern Italian region affected by strong earthquakes in late May.