polo ralph luaren Lauren Wins Ruling Against Polo Magazine
The fashion designer Ralph Lauren had no problem with Polo magazine when it was about the equestrian sport; it was when it suddenly switched to being a glossy life style publication that he went to court.
A Federal court in Dallas ruled late Wednesday in favor of Mr. Lauren’s company, the Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation, which had sued for trademark infringement to protect its Polo line of casual clothing and fragrances.
The court issued a permanent injunction against Westchester Media Company, publisher of Polo magazine, giving it 90 days to cease publishing under that name. A spokesman for the publisher said yesterday that Westchester, which is based in Houston,
was still reviewing the ruling and had not decided how to respond.
In the ruling, Judge Mary Milloy of United States District Court, said it was ”inescapable” that publication of Polo magazine would cause confusion among consumers.
Victor Cohen, senior vice president and general counsel of Polo Ralph Lauren, said, ”We are pleased that the court has recognized the need to protect our customers from the confusion intentionally caused by the new Polo magazine.”
Polo was first published in 1975 as a magazine devoted to the sport of polo and was endorsed as the official magazine of the United States Polo Association. After it was bought by Westchester Media in 1997, however,
it was relaunched as a fashion and life style publication.