Wella sues Gucci over length of perfume licences

22nd April 2004, Comments 0 comments

DARMSTADT, Germany, April 22 (AFP) - Wella, the German maker of haircare products, cosmetics and perfumes, said Thursday it has filed lawsuits against the Italian luxury goods maker Gucci in a dispute over the length of a perfume licensing contract.

DARMSTADT, Germany, April 22 (AFP) - Wella, the German maker of haircare products, cosmetics and perfumes, said Thursday it has filed lawsuits against the Italian luxury goods maker Gucci in a dispute over the length of a perfume licensing contract.

Wella and Gucci, which is owned by French firm Pinault-Printemps-Redoute, disagree over how long the German company can make perfumes and fragrances under the Gucci brand, a spokesman for Wella's Cosmopolitan Cosmetics unit said.

Wella believes it has a 50-year contract, until 2028, to develop, produce and sell Gucci fragrances including Rush, Envy Accenti, Nobile or Eau de Gucci, while Gucci contends the contract ended in 2003.

"There are differences of opinion over the length of the contract," the Wella spokesman told AFP.

Lawsuits had been filed simultaneously in New York, Milan and Cologne but Wella was keen to reach an out-of-court settlement with Gucci, he said.

Wella's fragrances division, which employs a workforce of more than 2,500, is one of the group's strongest performing businesses.

It accounts for about a quarter of total group sales.


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