McGregor Loses Lawsuit To Fashion House
Even though its his last name, Conor McGregor won’t be able to use it in selling his branded sportswear in Europe.
The clothing line through Reebok’s deal with the UFC, must be pulled from shelves by August 17th or fines that could reach up to €250,000 will be levied, per the District Court in The Hague.
Netherlands based McGregor fashion label, who primarily sell more of a high end ‘clubby’ design in Holland and surrounding countries, sought a court injunction against Reebok’s parent company Adidas to force them to withdraw the offending garments.
The McGregor fashion label lawyers claimed that the public could be confused into believing that some of the clothing made by Reebok for the Irish mixed martial artist and boxer was part of their own McGregor label.
This began when Ireland-based McGregor Sports Entertainment applied to the European Trade Mark office to register McGregor’s trademark on sports clothing. The McGregor fashion label would object and lead to a showdown in the district court in The Hague two weeks ago.
McGregor’s lawyer Remco van Leeuwen said: “The public would be confused into believing that the clothing made by Reebok for the Irish mixed martial artist and boxer comes from the McGregor fashion house.
“We asked Reebok to stop selling the clothing that would confuse the public but they refused.”
In a written judgement. the court found in favor of McGregor the designer and not McGregor the fighter, ruling that the signature name in big letters on the hoodie, shorts and jersey were a contravention of trademark regulations.
Initial Report: The Independent