That is that way it is for many designers; a crepe-de-chine kimono-style evening gown might get an approving nod from Samurai Suzy and a mention in Women’s Wear Daily, and those things do matter in the rarified atmosphere of haute couture. The court’s decision is the latest installment in a litigious relationship that stretches back until at least 1984, when Ralph Lauren, a luxury label, sued U. Polo Association, a far more “everyday” brand, for the first time. Gucci can do that with its crossed G trademark and Versace with its Medusa Head logo, but what they can’t do is afford to have another company freeloading off the instant association consumers have with these images.
Ralph Lauren uses its polo player motif on everything from shirts to perfume. The USPA, whose logo shows two polo players in a similar silhouette to Ralph Lauren's, fell out with the label last year, after it tried to prevent the sporting body from using its marque on a new line of fragrances.
Polo Association, this means that it cannot use the image to brand some of its retail products after a New York court ruled that it would 'infringe upon the rights' of the fashion powerhouse.
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In a lawsuit filed in November, the USPA claimed that Ralph Lauren was 'attempting to monopolize the depiction of the sport of polo'.
But federal judge Robert Sweet failed to find favour with the organisation, ruling that the USPA's double horseman marque would cause 'customer confusion' when used with the word 'polo'.He noted that the first Polo Ralph Lauren fragrance went on sale in 1978, and that the logo and the words have been used in tandem in the company's branding ever since.He said: 'There is…clearly room in our vast society for both the USPA parties and the PRL [Polo Ralph Lauren] parties to engage in licensing activities that do not conflict with one another, and nothing contained in this opinion should be construed as precluding such activities.' 'Nonetheless, to the extent the USPA parties use "polo" in conjunction with the double horsemen mark on fragrances, this is another matter.'L’Oréal USA Inc, which holds the license for Ralph Lauren fragrances, was granted a permanent injunction by the court, which ordered that all of USPA’s claims be dropped.Open the Start Menu and click "Default Programs" (on the right-hand side) while logged into an account that has Administrator privileges.Select "Associate a file type or protocol with a program" (second option on the list).This means that if you click a file icon, the operating system knows what program to run so that you can work with it.