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Swatch has filed a legal case against Samsung for trademark infringement

Swatch claims that Samsung has copied its trademarks. (Source: Swatch)
Swatch claims that Samsung has copied its trademarks. (Source: Swatch)
The Swiss watchmaker group Swatch has filed a complaint with US legal authorities to the effect that Samsung has impinged on its trademarks. This is connected to the design of some downloadable watchfaces for Gear-line smartwatches. The company will look for hundreds of millions of US dollars in compensation for this breach.

Swatch has stated that it will demand a day in court following allegations that the electronics behemoth Samsung has misused its trademarks. The Swiss group claims that marks used in some downloadable watchfaces distributed by Samsung “[are] identical or virtually identical” to those it owns.

This complaint has been lodged against Samsung Electronic's US division, as Swatch's trademarks had been registered there. Swatch has asserted that the marks in question pertain to a selection of those that it owns, including Longines, Omega, Tissot and Swatch itself.

The company claims that they are infringed upon within the content of watchfaces compatible with the Samsung Gear S3, Gear Sport and Gear S3 Frontier. One of its spokespeople has stated that Samsung had committed a "blatant, wilful and international violation of our trademarks".

Accordingly, Swatch says that it will take this case through a trial process, and will seek damages from the Korean firm. The magnitude of this compensation will be in the "triple digits in millions", apparently.

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-02-26 (Update: 2019-02-26)