Trolling PLDT, Globe, Smart and Sun!
Tonino Lamborghini s.r.l., an Italy-based company, released a statement last August 3 that warned the public of fake products bearing the “Tonino Lamborghini” brand.
Tonino Lamborghini CEO Dott. Gian Luca Filippi:
“Tonino Lamborghini s.r.l…. wishes to inform its customers that unauthorized people are currently trading online and through Globe stores a ‘4G Tatto (sic) Tonino Lamborghini’ broadband stick which is a counterfeited product… (We) never manufactured or authorized anyone to manufacture such a product which constitutes therefore a serious trademark infringement… Moreover the advertising campaign ‘Feed your need for speed’ featuring Marlon Stockinger, first Filipino to win a formula race in Europe, is deceitful and unlawful since it leads to a serious likelihood of confusion between two different and separate brands and businesses that is to say ‘Tonino Lamborghini’ and ‘Automobili Lamborghini’… (we will) take any legal action to protect the brand.”
Globe released a statement Wednesday night saying it obtained the authorization to use the name and logo of the Italian brand from a Singapore-based master franchiser, Primo Mobile, which it claimed as the master franchisor of mobile phone related products for the Italian brand Tonino Lamborghini.
Globe further said that the Singapore-based company is duly authorized to sub-license the use of the Lamborghini logo. The design of the Globe Tattoo Tonino Lamborghini 4G USB sticks was reviewed and approved by Primo Mobile.
“Globe Telecom assures the public of its strong adherence and commitment to the highest ethical standards in business and good corporate governance. The company will not engage in any activity that will mislead the public in the course of doing business and serving its customers.”
Troll: I can’t imagine the joy this news brings to Smart. Also, if you really look at it, it all boils down to whether Primo Mobile really had the right to grant rights to the brand. Apparently it didn’t. Globe will most likely settle, and its legal department will be scolded big time for not doing the due diligence needed before engaging with a company “claiming” it has the right to sub license.