Polo Horse in Singapore
It seems that the Polo Ralph Lauren logo is not having much luck in Singapore. It has lost a legal battle with The United States Polo Association (USPA) allowing the Association to register a black and white trademark featuring two polo players on horseback.
The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (Ipos) disregarded Ralph Lauren’s claims that the logo was similar to its own single player mark, which it registered in 1996.
The lawyers for Ralph Lauren insist that the horsemen mark dominates USPA’s logo and should be given more weight when comparing the two trademarks for similarities and that the single polo player mark had, over years of extensive usage, “acquired technical distinctiveness”.
But USPA’s lawyer argued that the organisation’s initials were the “dominant component” of the logo and, when compared against the single polo player mark, “the dissimilarity is clear”. He also asserted that the image depicting a polo player was not distinctive, as there are other such logos in use – including that of Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club – registered for eyewear.
The fashion brand can still launch an appeal against the June 2 decision in 28 days.
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