F or Release September 24 , 2018, New York, NY – Ralph Lauren is disappointed to learn that the Beijing IP Court rejected our appeals regarding the recent rulings by the Trademark Review and Adjudication Board ("TRAB "), which refused the invalidation requests filed by Ralph Lauren against a number of trademarks (the "Disputed Trademarks") of Guangzhou Aichi Leather Goods Co., Ltd.
The Disputed Trademarks include device under Reg. No. 825338, "Polo WORLD" trademark under Reg. No.1292393, "POLO" under Reg. No. 3301575, device under Reg. No. 3518304, "POLO SPORT" under Reg. No.9145076 and No. 13431002.
Ralph Lauren strongly believes that we have prior rights in the "Polo Player Device" and the "POLO" mark which have reached well-known status prior to the filing dates of the Disputed Trademarks, and we intend to appeal to the Beijing High People's Court.
The Trademark Office and TRAB have previously recognized Ralph Lauren's rights in other cases, which includes the rejection of Shanghai Ruifa Clothing Co. Ltd's invalidation requests against Ralph Lauren's trademarks "POLO" under Reg. No. 527802 and "POLO" under Reg No. 2021511.
We will continue to proactively fight intellectual property violations that undermine more than 50 years of work to build the Ralph Lauren and Polo Ralph Lauren brands. These intellectual property violations mislead Chinese consumers and allow those behind the actions to profit from the consumer confusion.
We remain confident in China's intellectual property regulations and the resolve of the government and the court to combat IP infringement and protect legal rights.