Swiss Legend Trimix Diver Chrono Black watch
Audemars Piguet Awarded $9.8 Million in Damages by New York Court
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled that Audemars Piguet has valid trademark rights in its Royal Oak watch design, that such rights were infringed by the sale of Swiss Watch International’s Swiss Legend Trimix Diver watches. The Court also determined that Swiss Watch International engaged in an act of unfair competition.
The Court awarded the full amount of Swiss Watch International’s profits and trebled them for bad-faith conduct, meaning Audemars Piguet will receive $9.8 million in damages. Audemars Piguet will also be allowed to apply for an award of its attorney’s fees and costs of the suit. Finally, the Court entered an injunction forbidding Swiss Watch International from further sale of the infringing watch products.
François-Henry Bennahmias, CEO of Audemars Piguet, commented, “The Royal Oak was the first of its kind. 42 years later, it remains unmatched amongst prestige sport watches. This is only the beginning of an authentic icon that is making an indelible imprint on the history of modern watchmaking. Thus, we are fully committed to enforcing our rights in the Royal Oak design and insist our trademarks be fully respected. We owe it to Audemars Piguet, and the founders’ families.”
Original article was written on JANUARY 13, 2014 | BY VALERIE JACK.
The moral of this article is:-
Don’t ignore the Big Four: PP AP VC and Rolex, they could sue you to hell if you copy their design and make a sale.
This is a case of Trade mark right infringement, not copying the watch at all, so there have been a long way in court.
I believe the Swiss Watch International’s Swiss Legend Trimix Diver watches was not in purpose to copy the design, may be just borrowing some of the idea only.
As I see there is a lot of un-similarity in the design. But the richer always have a better position in Court to win!
AP senior official should make a visit to ShenZehn Lo Wo Commercial centre, they will be surprise how exactly their replica was being made by COPYING.
We should not encourage to buy, wear the copy watches, as US and Swiss may not allow you to enter their country if they find you carry fake watch.
Another big reason for me to go for Gold Watch is it is having much higher cost to make Copies…. You can see 99% of copy-watch are stainless steel one… as Chinese Says, "Gold is always Gold, it has to be “Gold” to be Gold!"
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