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Claws are out in logo row between Puma and fashion designer Plein

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(Reuters) - firm has won an injunction to stop designer from selling clothes in bearing a tiger logo similar to its own leaping cat, said on Thursday.

German born started out in furniture design in the late 1990s and eventually switched to fashion, earning the name "of Bling" in the media for his eccentric designs. such as and have featured in his

"At the end of 2017, we found out that he had started the new Plein-Sport line in which he reproduced this particular cat on t-shirts, hoodies, shoes and so on," Puma's of intellectual property, Neil Narriman, said.

Some of Plein's clothes on the website feature a tiger's while others are adorned with a leaping tiger. Narriman said there are also other design features similar to Puma's.

The temporary injunction from a regional court in prevents Plein's selling in where is based, Narriman said.

Plein's company, based in Lugano, Switzerland, was not immediately available for comment on Thursday.

But in a posting on on Thursday, announced a campaign offering customers a discount on Plein-Sport branded products in exchange for their used shoes, using the slogan: "Don't be a puma, be a tiger".

He also told German daily Bild: "I really cannot see any similarity between the jumping kitty cat of (Puma) and our Plein-Sport tiger. We have done nothing wrong."

The court in said it could not confirm it had issued an injunction because such information was generally not made public.

Puma's Narriman said the company had also obtained a court order against similar to an injunction in the and was prepared to take legal measures in other countries as well if necessary.

"But our whole purpose is not to fight for the sake of it... We want to find a resolution to this matter and not escalate," Narriman said.

So far, he said had not received any direct response from The next step is for the court in to schedule a hearing after giving a chance to respond to Puma's allegations.

(Reporting by Maria Sheahan; Editing by Elaine Hardcastle)

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First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 17:43 IST