By  on April 16, 2007

A federal court in the Southern District of New York ruled in an April 5 opinion that a junior line marketed by Jones Apparel is “associated with” the Gloria Vanderbilt brand for the purposes of a royalty agreement between the company and Netherby Ltd. Netherby initially filed a lawsuit against Jones Apparel Group Inc. and Jones Investment Co. Inc. for alleged breach of contract in 2004. The dispute originated over whether the Glo trademark was associated with Gloria Vanderbilt. Netherby has had the rights to the Gloria Vanderbilt trademark since 1980. Jones developed the Glo by Gloria Vanderbilt brand for a line of children’s clothing in the mid-Nineties. Netherby alleged that Jones used the Glo trademark and didn’t pay contingent payments, in breach of a contract the companies signed in 1988. Judge Gerard Lynch agreed; in his opinion, he stated that Jones’ use of the Glo marks violated the contract and awarded an as yet undetermined amount of damages, according to court documents.

Rolex filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Philip Himschoot individually and as he does business as and Grand Crown in federal court in Fort Lauderdale. According to court documents, Rolex alleged that Himschoot sold, distributed and promoted watches bearing counterfeits and infringements of Rolex trademarks. Rolex asked the court for an injunction and asked for financial damages of up to $1 million for each trademark “the defendants have willfully counterfeited and infringed.” Himschoot did not return calls for comment by press time.

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