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Puma Files Trademark Suit Against Philipp Plein Over Similar Cat Logos
By Izza Sofia, 13 Jan 2018
After threatening retail brand Philipp Plein with a trademark infringement lawsuit over what Plein described as “similarities between their jumping KITTY KAT logo with a tail and our TIGER HEAD with claw stripes,” Puma has taken action against the brand, citing trademark infringement.
Puma has scored a win in this battle with a temporary injunction from a regional court in Duesseldorf, which immediately prevents Plein’s from selling garments and accessories bearing the allegedly infringing logo in Puma’s native Germany.
“At the end of 2017, we found out that he had started the new Plein-Sport line in which he reproduced this particular cat on T-shirts, hoodies, shoes and so on,” Neil Narriman Puma’s head of intellectual property said.
There are numerous pieces in Plein’s collection adorned with a leaping tiger. Nerriman also says there are similar designs to Puma’s throughout the collection.
Plain recently announced a campaign on his Instagram page, to poke fun at the situation, offering his customers a discount whilst doing a bit of philanthropy. He posted a video of a tiger in motion, which then cuts away to reveal a message that says, “Don’t be a Puma, be a Tiger, Ship Us Your Puma Shoes and get a 50 percent Discount on new Plein Sport Collections, All Shoes Collected Will be Donated to the Less Fortunate.”
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[via Channel News Asia, opening composite image by DesignTAXI, images via Plein Sport and Puma]
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