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“Plaidgiarism” continues to dog Burberry

plaidbootWe’ll call this one, with apologies to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle,  ”The Case of the Pilfered Plaid.”

If you, like me, aren’t on top of the fashion world enough to know that plaids could actually be copyrighted, it might surprise you to hear that Burberry, makers of the famous Burberry check, is  suing the retail chain Pets at Home, claiming material they used on items such as dog coats and beds is highly reminiscent of Burberry’s patented plaid.

Burberry is claiming copyright infringement.

Burberry, it seems, is making a comeback.. It made  a “triumphant return” to London Fashion Week last month, the UK Guardian reported. And last week, Burberry revealed six month revenues were up 14 percent.

This comes after the signature check – an emblem for the fashion house for almost 100 years – suffered some image problems due the high number of counterfeiters and the design being linked to “hooliganism and “chav” culture, the newspaper reported.

Given that, the company isn’t about to let sleeping dogs lie on what they consider a copy of their pattern, or wear it.

The Guardian reports that Pets at Home has pulled the items in question from its shops, but the dispute has yet to be resolved.

Comments

Comment from Anne’n'Spencer
Time October 19, 2009 at 10:46 pm

I’ve been looking at that welly all day, and I’ve now realized that I had that plaid for twenty years in my non-Burberry’s trench coat. Mine was a London Fog, dating back to the days when London Fog was an honest Baltimore company. The zip-out lining and a woolen scarf looked just like that. I have no idea what that has to do with dogs, except that I certainly walked the late Molly on many a rainy day in that coat. I can’t help thinking, “It’s brown plaid. Who cares?”

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