May 18, 2011
By Rachel Lamb
The recently-settled lawsuit against Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. and the United States Polo Association prohibits the sports organization from using its trademark double-horsemen mark when marketing its fragrance line, leading experts to weigh in on why exactly brands defend their fragrance lines so fiercely.
U.S. Polo teamed with clothing manufacturer Jordache and won a battle against Ralph Lauren, which claimed that the association's apparel featured the luxury brand’s trademark logo. However, when the courts had to decide whether or not it was acceptable for U.S. Polo to show the same logo on a new fragrance line, it became an entirely new ball game.