Friday 20 April 2018

Christmas jumper withdrawn after copyright wrangle

The Zatori Christmas jumper as shown on website clothing.ie
The Zatori Christmas jumper as shown on website clothing.ie
The Littlewoods Christmas jumper as shown online

Tim Healy

ONLINE retailer Littlewoods has agreed to withdraw from sale a Christmas jumper that was the subject of a legal wrangle.

The move came in the High Court yesterday following an application last week by a company which alleged Littlewoods Ireland had infringed its design for a man's Christmas jumper, featuring a snowman and Christmas trees.

Zatori Results Ltd claimed Littlewoods had damaged its business by allegedly breaching its intellectual property rights, by offering for sale a Christmas jumper with an almost identical design to one first offered for sale by Zatori in 2012.

Zatori said its design includes a snowman in the middle of the front of a jumper with stars surrounding it and including a moon and sleigh.

Its design also features two Christmas trees on either side of the snowman, set against a navy blue background.

The company claimed a jumper offered for sale on various websites was almost identical to its jumper.

Zatori, based at the National Enterprise Park in Portlaoise, claimed its sales of Christmas jumpers were down 75pc from last year.

Zatori initiated court proceedings against Shop Direct Ireland Ltd, trading as Littlewoods Ireland, and its British-based parent company, Shop Direct Home Shopping Ltd, last week.

Yesterday, counsel for Zatori Sasha Gayer said the proposed injunction proceedings could be struck out and an undertaking on behalf of Shop Direct was handed in to court.

The defendants had agreed to refrain from selling any jumpers which are the same as the Zatori product and to withdraw from sale the snowman jumper as part of that under-taking.

Irish Independent

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