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French court sides with Guess against Gucci in trademark suit

BY Dan Berthiaume

Los Angeles – The Court of Paris has rejected every claim asserted by Gucci in a six-year trademark suit filed against Guess Inc., finding no trademark infringement, no counterfeiting, and no unfair competition. The court also completely denied Gucci’s request for $62.4 million in damages and, instead, Gucci was ordered by the court to pay Guess $34,000.

The court also invalidated three of Gucci’s “G” community and international trademarks, meaning Gucci cannot claim exclusive use to those marks any longer.

The Court of Paris’ decision builds upon substantial momentum GUESS has generated in similar lawsuits where courts across the globe have rejected Gucci’s claims that Guess had infringed Gucci’s marks.

“For six years now, Gucci has filed case after case against Guess and lost time after time,” said Guess co-founder and CEO Paul Marciano. “On top of that, Gucci has lost some trademarks in the Italian case and now some in France as well. I continue to believe strongly that all these legal battles are a complete waste of time and this energy and money should be focused on business.”

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Staples Canada runs omnichannel ‘messiest office’ promo

BY Dan Berthiaume

Mississauga, Canada – Staples Advantage Canada, the business-to-business division of Staples, is running its third annual "Messiest Office Contest," with a chance to win an office makeover. Participants can submit pictures of their organizationally challenged work environments through the Staples Advantage Canada website or Staples Advantage Canada Facebook page.

The winner will receive an office makeover that includes new office furniture, ergonomic desk accessories and organizational products. The contest, which is open to anyone in Canada over the age of 21 who works in an office, will run from Feb. 2-Feb. 27.

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Dick’s CFO takes on new roles

BY CSA STAFF

Dick’s Sporting Goods is expanding the responsibilities of its CFO.

The company says that in addition to serving as EVP/CFO, Andre J. Hawaux has been appointed as executive vice president, chief operating officer. In addition to his existing responsibilities for finance, legal and information technology, Hawaux will also oversee store operations, real estate and human resources.

"We are pleased to announce that Andre will assume additional responsibilities as chief operating officer," said Edward W. Stack, Dick’s Sporting Goods chairman and CEO. "Since joining Dick’s in 2013, Andre has been instrumental in executing our growth plans. We look forward to further leveraging his background in finance and operations, combined with his exceptional leadership and business acumen."

Hawaux joined Dick’s in 2013 as EVP, finance, administration and CFO. Prior to joining Dick’s, he was most recently president, consumer foods at ConAgra Foods Inc., one of North America's leading packaged food companies. Previously, he served as ConAgra Foods' EVP/CFO from 2006 to 2009. Dick’s Sporting Goods operates more than 600 store locations.

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