Gucci‘s copyright infringement lawsuit against Guess just keeps dragging on.
Earlier this week, Guess’s CEO Paul Marciano testified in court that his company didn’t knock off Gucci’s designs, but merely drew “inspiration” from them. Yesterday Marciano was back in court to finish his testimony, and hilarity ensued.
According to WWD, this is what went down:
“This morning, at the courthouse, we saw the square G on a handbag,” an excited Marciano said, as his lawyers displayed a photo of what appeared to be a logoed Givenchy clutch.
Gucci’s lawyer looked flustered as the Guess team explained that they had snapped a photo of the purse of a woman they met that morning.
“We asked permission first,” said a Guess lawyer, replying to presiding Judge Shira Scheindlin’s inquiry of the photo’s origin.
“It’s a counterfeit,” said Gucci’s attorney, Louis Ederer of Arnold & Porter LLP, after inspecting the placement of the logos on the photo of the clutch.
“But we asked the lady,” Marciano said. “She said it was real.”
“Of course she told you that,” the judge said with a chuckle.
And then the case was adjourned until Monday.