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Retailer forced to pay damages

Harris Tweed wins trade mark breach case

Harris TweedA retail chain has been forced to pay £25,000 in damages for infringing the Harris Tweed trade mark.

The Harris Tweed Authority launched legal action against Cashmere & Tartans, trading as Tartan House of Scotland, for using the Harris Tweed name and famous Orb device on the outside its premises without permission.

The authority said this created a false impression that the Harris Tweed Authority was in some way associated with the outlets. 

The Court of Session in Edinburgh has granted an interdict preventing Cashmere & Tartans, or anyone on its behalf, from infringing the Authority’s registered marks.

The interdict order also prevents the company from suggesting their retail services are connected or authorised by the Authority, or from passing off goods as Harris Tweed when they are not made from the Hebridean cloth. 

The Authority said the legal action underlined how determined it was to ensure that Harris Tweed maintains its reputation as being a luxury product and with unique and special methods of manufacture.  

Lorna MacAulay, chief executive of the Harris Tweed Authority, said: “It has taken generations to build Harris Tweed into the global success that it is today, and it is imperative that we safeguard it for future generations to enjoy.

“The Harris Tweed Authority takes its statutory duty to protect the brand very seriously. We continue to work closely with our lawyers Burness Paull to maintain the integrity of the Harris Tweed brand and to curb any infringement of it, be that online or in retail stores.”

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