I.Protect: Otto jeans-A A +A
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Clint Fabiosa & Ana Liza Villamor
SAMSON registered the “OTTO” trademark for belts, bags, t-shirts, blouses, briefs, pants, jackets, jeans and bra. He granted to Luminlun the license to use the trademark for jeans only in exchange for the payment by Luminlun of royalties. For failure to pay royalties and for using the “OTTO” trademark on other items of clothing other than jeans, Samson revoked the license. Luminlun sued Samson questioning the revocation of the license. The Supreme Court held that Luminlun manufactured “OTTO” belts, buttons and bags as well as “OTTO LTD.” clothing in violation of the terms and conditions of the license which affected Samson and discredited the latter’s products. Hence, the revocation of the license was held valid.
(SAMSON vs. CA, G.R. No. 139983, March 26, 2008)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 11, 2013.