Mill firm wins war of roses in copyright fight

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A Yorkshire woollen mill won a legal war of the roses with a Lancashire fabrics firm yesterday after claiming that one of its plaid designs had been unfairly copied.

Directors of Guiseley-based Abraham Moon took action against Art of the Loom, of Clitheroe, claiming that copyright had been infringed.

Abraham Moon – whose customers include Ralph Lauren, Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry, Lacoste, Daks and Paul Smith – claimed that a “Spring Meadow” furniture fabric sold by Art of the Loom was an “infringing copy” of its “Skye Sage” design.

Art of the Loom bosses, plus “Spring Meadow” weaver NB Fabrics, which is based in Huddersfield, denied infringement.

But Judge Colin Birss QC ruled in favour of Abraham Moon after a Patents County Court hearing in London and concluded that Art of the Loom and NB Fabrics were “liable from infringement of copyright”.