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Irish firm sues online retailer over festive jumper

Tim Healy

Published 12/12/2013 | 23:32

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The Littlewoods Christmas jumper (left) and the Zatori Christmas jumper (right).

THERE is little Christmas warmth between two clothing companies who are locked in a legal wrangle over the design of a Christmas jumper.

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Online retailer Littlewoods is being sued by an Irish firm which alleges its snowman- jumper design has been infringed.

Portlaoise-based Zatori Results claims Littlewoods has damaged its business by allegedly breaching its intellectual property rights in offering for sale a jumper with an almost identical design to one Zatori first put on the market in 2012.

Zatori, which employs 87 people, claims that as a result, its sales of Christmas jumpers are down 75pc from last year.

Zatori is seeking an injunction preventing the defendant from continuing to offer the jumper for sale.

At the High Court Mr Justice Sean Ryan granted leave to serve short notice of their intention to seek injunctions against the defendant.

Irish Independent

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