Tonino Lamborghini 'unauthorized use': Globe releases official statement

Tonino Lamborghini s.r.l., an Italian company that manufactures hand-made watches, on Wednesday announced that it would take legal action against Globe Telecom for apparently using the “Tonino Lamborghini” name/brand to market its high-speed mobile internet stick without permission.

“Tonino Lamborghini wishes to inform its customers that unauthorized people are currently trading online and through Globe stores a ‘4G Tattoo Tonino Lamborghini’ broadband stick, which is a counterfeited product,” Tonino Lamborghini s.r.l. chief executive officer Gian Lucca Filippi said in a statement.

The company, according to Filippi, “has never manufactured or authorized anyone to manufacture such a product, which constitutes therefore a serious trademark infringement.”

In response to allegations, the Ayala-led Globe Telecom Inc. has issued the following statement:
Globe Telecom obtained authorization to use the name and logo Tonino Lamborghini through an agreement with Primo Mobile, the master franchisor of mobile phone related products for the Italian brand Tonino Lamborghini. Primo Mobile is a Singapore-based company that has a master license agreement with Tonino Lamborghini s.r.l. and 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.