TJ Hughes has paid an undisclosed sum of damages to Fred Perry after the north-west retailer was caught selling fake polo shirts on its website and stores.
Counterfeit clothing including polo shirts bearing Fred Perry’s laurel wreath logo were found to be put on sale on tjhughes.co.uk and at TJ Hughes retail stores.
TJ Hughes accepted it had infringed on trademark rights, and paid an undisclosed amount to cover both damages and legal costs. It has admitted that it had sold just less than 2,500 fake polo shirts before they were removed from sale. As part of the settlement TJ Hughes has delivered a further 755 items to Fred Perry.
A Fred Perry statement read: “The laurel wreath is more than a logo to us – it’s a badge of honour that has always sat over the heart of everybody who wears a Fred Perry Shirt, and we will always protect it.
“We will not hesitate to enforce our intellectual property rights when they are infringed, and we will continue to take action against the sellers and manufacturers of counterfeit versions of our garments. We take pride in the quality of how all of our products are manufactured, and will always take action against those who would damage our reputation and relationship with consumers by producing counterfeit goods.”
Andrew Stone, senior associate in the Intellectual Property Team at Clarke Willmott LLP, who acted on behalf of Fred Perry said: “This action against Lewis’ Home Retail Limited trading as TJ Hughes highlights Fred Perry’s unshakeable resolve to ensure that its intellectual property rights are enforced.
”This case also highlights the fact that retailers must take all necessary steps to ensure the provenance of the goods which they offer for sale.”
TJ Hughes has been contacted for comment.