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EXCLUSIVE Fred Perry receives damages from Arcadia

Fred Perry has agreed a settlement with Arcadia Group Brands Ltd, following a dispute over the use of the fashion brand’s iconic laurel wreath emblem.

Fred Perry brought the action, over trade mark infringement and passing off, after TopShop was discovered selling garments featuring the design around the world.

As part of a settlement, Arcadia has paid undisclosed damages and legal costs to Fred Perry, and agreed to stop selling the infringing product.

In a statement, Fred Perry said: “We will not hesitate to enforce our intellectual property rights when they are infringed.” 

Roy Crozier, joint head of intellectual property at legal firm Clarke Willmott, added: “This was one of the clearest cases of trade mark infringement I have come across in the fashion industry.”

A spokeswoman for Arcadia said: “Topshop takes very seriously the protection of its own intellectual property rights and accordingly affords all due respect to the intellectual property rights of others.  

“Topshop is very pleased that this matter has been resolved to the mutual satisfaction of both parties”

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