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Clarion protects rights of Bradford school sports uniform supplier

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Clarion in Leeds has successfully represented Falcon Sportswear Limited, a designer and nationwide supplier of school sportswear, following an infringement of its rights by a retailer which was selling counterfeit product among Falcon’s genuine garments.

Based in Bradford, Falcon was founded in 1975 and has established a strong reputation with its sportswear often being specified by schools as their official sports uniform.  The company became aware that a retailer, which was already selling Falcon’s genuine garments which had been specified by a school, was also selling counterfeit versions of the same garments, bearing the Falcon name and logo.

Clarion’s intellectual property team was called on to liaise initially with the retailer and then with its representative, resulting in the counterfeit products promptly being removed from the store. The retailer delivered up the counterfeit stock to Falcon, paid Falcon damages, and costs were also recovered from the counterfeiter.

“Having worked hard over the last 40 years to establish a reputation for high quality garments and having built a name which is known and trusted by schools and parents throughout the country, we were not prepared for our brand to be damaged and customers misled by another company copying our products and even using our name and logo,” explained Leo Brumfitt, managing director of Falcon Sportswear.  “We take such matters very seriously and, with Clarion’s help, we were quickly able to resolve the issue, achieving the best possible outcome.  The counterfeit garments were removed from the retailer, we received damages and most of our legal costs were covered.”

Clarion intellectual property partner Leigh Martin, comments: “This is a great result for Falcon.  It is very important that companies are prepared to tackle such issues head on in order to protect the value of their brand and also to send out a clear message that they are willing to take action if their rights are infringed.”