US clothing giant loses case against Danish minnow over moose logo
Abercrombie & Fitch says the deer-like animals are too similar
A logo featuring a cartoonish rendering of a moose has become the centre of a bitter dispute between an international clothing chain and a small Danish company.
The US firm Abercrombie & Fitch has accused the central Zealand children's clothing company Urban Elk of abusing and copy its logo.
Both companies use a moose as a logo, and Abercrombie’s lawyers have complained to Patent og Varemærkestyrelsen, the patent office, that Urban Elk is stepping on their client's hooves.
Abercrombie & Fitch’s lawyers claim that the two animals both “stand with their heads to the left and have similar characteristics, such as the shape of the belly and hind legs”.
A&F needs glasses, says patent office
The patent office said the US firm was full of moose droppings.
“Whereas the complainant’s logo is naturalistic in style, the defendant's [logo] is a caricature, with two oversized, spoon-shaped antlers, a hanging face, two round and staring eyes, a plump body and four short, chubby legs,” read the decision as the office rejected Abercrombie & Fitch’s case.
Its subsequent appeal was also rejected.
“There is no visual similarity between the Urban Elk and Abercrombie & Fitch logos,” ruled the appeals board.