According to a Gucci spokesman, the Italian design house said it has appealed an Italian court’s decision that ruled in Guess Inc.'s favor in the parties ongoing legal battle. You may recall that Gucci brought suit against Guess in 2009, claiming that Guess was responsible for a massive, complicated scheme to knock-off Gucci’s best-known and iconic designs. After Gucci won its case in the U.S. (but was awarded only $4.7 million in damages, a fraction of the $221+ million it sought), it brought additional suits against Guess in China, Italy, and France.
In May, a Milan court ruled against Gucci, holding that Guess’s Quattro G-diamond pattern is not related to Gucci’s iconic interlocking "G" pattern. In an 83-page decision, the judge also declared that Gucci's diamond-patterned G logo and Flora pattern trademarks, previously registered by Gucci in Italy and the European Union, were not valid. As of this morning, Gucci's counsel has filed an appeal, and a company spokesman said: “The appeal is a necessary action to protect its extraordinary historic wealth of iconic distinctive signs, famous the world over and, more generally, to protect the values of creativity and innovation of quality of Made in Italy products."