Korean `David' Wins Injunction against French Cosmetics `Goliath'

Korea Times (Seoul, Korea), March 9, 2000 | Go to article overview

Korean `David' Wins Injunction against French Cosmetics `Goliath'


A small printing company has won a court injunction banning the sale of look-alike lipstick containers in Korea by Christian Dior, one of the world's top cosmetics companies.

Chungjin Printing Co. in Puchon, southwest of Seoul, last December filed its complaint against a local import agent of Christian Dior in Seoul District Court, accusing the French cosmetics giant of stealing its lipstick container design.

The court said in a statement that Chungjin had completed its design registration for the lipstick containers and that Christian Dior's containers have apparent similarities with those of Chungjin in structures and functions although there may be some differences.

With the injunction, Christian Dior can't sell lipsticks contained in the look-alike containers in Korea any longer and should retrieve those now being sold from store shelves until a patent court makes a final ruling on the case.

Local industry experts likened Chungjin's win over Christian Dior to ``David's victory over Goliath.''

``I thought about giving up the legal battle several times but I renewed my determination to publicize a multinational company's lack of morality,'' said company president Yoo Byong-don. …

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