HIGH COURT RULES FOR GUCCI ON PAOLO GUCCI NAME USE
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court Monday effectively declared the Gucci company the victor in a long-brewing battle that started with the now-deceased Paolo Gucci over his right to use his name on a line of luxury goods.
In deciding to not hear the case, the high court let stand a New York Bankruptcy Court judge’s decision rejecting licensee Paolo Gucci Design Studio Ltd.’s claim to the master license of the Paolo Gucci name. Paolo, who died in 1995, was a son of the late longtime head of the company, Aldo Gucci.
Paolo left the Gucci firm in 1980, eventually setting up his own design studio and winning a battle to launch his own collection under his name, but the business never developed. In the midst of financial problems, Paolo Gucci went bankrupt.
The design studio appealed two lower court decisions granting the Gucci company the rights to the Paolo Gucci name.
The company paid $3.6 million in a bankruptcy court for the privilege.
According to court documents, Guccio Gucci — which in other countries successfully barred Paolo Gucci from using the famous family name on products — said it never plans to use the Paolo Gucci name and will destroy his designs.