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MAQS SUCCESFULLY REPRESENTED THE COCA-COLA COMPANY AND GIORGIO ARMANI IN NORWAY

August 2010

In a case brought before the District Court in Oslo, Norway, in which Giorgio Armani and The Coca-Cola Company had taken out a summon against a Norwegian retailer, importing large amounts of sunglasses and toys looking confusingly similar to trademarks owned by Giorgio Armani and the Coca-Cola Company, MAQS Law Firm Copenhagen just received a judgement of default.

The imported products that were detained by the Norwegian customs came from China. The consignment contained 1746 sunglasses all infringed Giorgio Armanis exclusive rights and 576 boxes containing toys that visually infringed The Coca-Cola Companies trademarks.

The District Court in Oslo found that the import was illegal and that the importer aim was to resell the counterfeit products. On this basis the District Court found that all products must be destroyed under the customs surveillance and that the importer must be forced to pay compensation, salaries and cover the legal costs, which in total amounts to more than EUR 83,000.00.

The judgement comes at a crucial moment, as the summer is high season for counterfeit products to enter Europe. Especially this summer, the customs have detained several consignments containing large amounts of counterfeit products, imported with the purpose of being resold.

By this judgement the Norwegian District Court in Oslo has drawn a clear line that import of counterfeit products is a very serious matter and that it shall be sanctioned extremely severe.

MAQS Law Firm
Jeppe Brogaard Clausen and Lene Nielsen

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