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Polish Customs destroys fake LYCRA fibre hangtags
Feb '12
INVISTA, one of the world's largest integrated producers of polymers and fibres, and owner of the LYCRA fibre brand, has taken action once again to protect its trademarks, this time in Gliwicie, Poland where 2,000 pairs of trousers originating from China bearing counterfeit LYCRA fibre hangtags and not containing authentic LYCRA fibre were seized and destroyed by the Customs office.

The Polish customs officials in southern Poland suspected the goods were counterfeit and seized them in August 2011, after which they informed INVISTA, the trademark owner. An investigation launched by INVISTA confirmed that the goods were counterfeit: The elastane used in the trousers was not INVISTA's LYCRA fibre even though they were identified with LYCRA fibre hangtags, which were found to be counterfeit as well.

“Trademark infringement is taken very seriously at INVISTA and we will continue to take action against illegal production, distribution, trading and importing or exporting of counterfeit goods,” says Max Wiesendanger, Executive Vice-President for INVISTA's Apparel business, Western regions (Americas, and Europe).

“Our customers and the end consumers trust our brands' quality, innovation and performance and we will uphold the high levels of expectation by conserving the LYCRA fibre name to protect not only ourselves but also the well-being of our clients,” he says.

The importer agreed to the destruction of the garments and had to pay a fine. In the end, the importer also had to sign a statement promising not to infringe INVISTA intellectual property rights in the future.

The destruction of the counterfeit items took place on December 28, 2011 near Opole, Poland, in the presence of a customs official, INVISTA trademark representatives and the importer of the infringing goods.

INVISTA provides its customers with products with unique performance characteristics. Besides monitoring cross-border infringement activity, the company also takes proactive measures to protect its patents and trademarks. INVISTA is currently running several global trademark protection campaigns such as “Prove your identity” in countries such as Turkey, China and Thailand.

INVISTA is one of the world's largest integrated producers of polymers and fibres, primarily for nylon, spandex and polyester applications.


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