Gucci Wins $4.7M In Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Against Guess
To recap: Gucci filed a lawsuit against Guess in 2009, citing copyright infringement. They claimed Guess copied their diamond “G” pattern and signature red and green stripe, and subsequently sold over $220 million worth of Gucci-inspired goods. The two companies finally met in court in March, at which point Guess CEO Paul Marciano admitted to being “inspired” by Gucci’s designs and experts explained that copying designs was a common practice in the footwear industry.
Now Judge Shira Scheindlin of the Manhattan Federal Court has granted $4.7 million to Gucci since Guess’s use of the diamond pattern and stripe was likely to result in trademark dilution. The judge also barred Guess from continued use of the diamond logo, the red and green stripe, and other square “G” marks.