DuPont accepts two counterfeit apparel settlements
DuPont Protection Technologies has announced the signing of settlement agreements in two counterfeit cases involving fake DuPont Nomex protective apparel
DuPont Protection Technologies has signed settlement agreements in two counterfeit cases involving fake DuPont Nomex protective apparel.
The counterfeit products were supplied to the oil and gas industry in Southeast Asia and Central Europe.
According to the company, the infringement of the DuPont trademark and mislabelling of protective apparel jeopardised the safety of industrial workers in both regions.
Commenting on the developments, Marc Doyle, president of DuPont Protection Technologies, said: “The successful settlement of these cases should serve as warning to those companies [that] abuse the law and misrepresent products they market.
“We will aggressively pursue cases of trademark infringement to ensure that no-one is harmed by counterfeit protective apparel that does not meet important standards for safety,” he added.
Safety Depot of Indonesia admitted to having sold counterfeit products that infringed DuPont trademarks through its outlets. Under a settlement signed on 1 June, 2015, the company was forced to cease all use of the DuPont brands, remove all labelling from existing inventory, and issue a public apology. All criteria have since been met.
In a separate case brought against DeLUX and ASTONA, a manufacturer of protective apparel in Slovakia, garments sold to the oil and gase industry marked with a ‘NOME’ label, and claiming to be composed of 93% Nomex fibre, were tested and discovered to contain no Nomex.
The settlement, signed on 20 March, 2015, included an order for DeLUX and ASTONA to cease and refrain from using their NOME mark due to the confusing similarity to the DuPont Nomex brand. The companies also committed to the cessation of all infringing use of the DuPont Nomex brand, and remove destroy all misleading labels.
Financial terms of the settlements were not disclosed. DuPont has reiterated that in order to ensure a product is authentic, purchasers should verify that the supplier is one of its authorised customers or licensees.