EU Trademark Court Upholds Ban on Mention of Lacoste by “Smell Alike” Perfume Manufacturer

According to the International Law Office website, “the Alicante Provincial Court (acting as the EU Trademark Court) dismissed Equivalenza Retail, SL’s appeal against the Alicante Commercial Court Number 2 judgment of 13 February 2017, in which it had been sentenced for infringing various perfume trademarks owned by Hugo Boss, Gucci and Lacoste in the context of its smell-alike business.” Lacoste and several other brands had filed suit against Equivalenza for selling and marketing “smell-alike” perfumes and making unauthorised use of their registered trademarks both in comparison lists and orally in commercial speech.

The earlier judgement had ordered Equivalenza to:

  • cease and desist from marketing its perfumes using the plaintiffs’ trademarks.
  • withdraw and destroy its comparison lists and any other means of advertising containing the plaintiffs’ trademarks.
  • compensate the plaintiffs and publish the judgment.

You can read the details of the case here.

Lacoste’s Pour Femme Intense Top Women’s Perfume For Fall

Pour Femme Intense PerfurmeAccording to the Daily Mail, Lacoste’s Pour Femme Intense perfume ranks number one on the list of women’s perfumes that will be worn this Fall:

Top of the list for women’s fragrances was Lacoste’s Pour Femme Intense, which costs a purse-friendly £47 RRP and knocked Chanel’s classic Coco Mademoiselle Intense into second place.

Researchers analysed data from Fragrantica, the online ‘encyclopaedia of perfumes’ where more than 524,000 fragrance enthusiasts review the latest scents.

They compiled a list of autumnal scents from a list of 2018’s most popular fragrances and ranked them according to their average rating.

They found that woody notes were the most popular this autumn, with 80 per cent of men’s fragrances and 50 per cent of women’s containing them.

Read more here.

Lacoste Launches New “Rouge” Fragrance for Men

lacoste rouge fragranceLacoste has launched a new addition to their men’s fragrance line called Rouge. The fragrance is based on a blend of three spices: ginger, black pepper and cardamom. It also includes acacia wood, golden Laos benzoin and labdanum. The result is supposed to be a masculine, energetic scent. You can read highly positive reviews of the new fragrance at News4Jax.com and Forbes, and you can buy it here.

Rouge is the latest addition to Lacoste’s line of men’s perfumes which previously included Blanc, Bleu and Vert.  I’ve not been able to find good sales figures for Lacoste’s perfume line, but you have to wonder if this is one brand extension too far.