WOOLRICH, Pa. - March 9, 2009 - Woolrich, Inc. announced today that it has officially withdrawn its trademark infringement court action against Eddie Bauer. Following extensive discussions between the two companies, Eddie Bauer and Woolrich have determined that their respective trademarks are not infringing and can continue to successfully co-exist in the future as they have in the past.
"Differentiating your brand in today's marketplace is extremely important and both Woolrich and Eddie Bauer work diligently to protect their trademarks and brand identities," said Jim Griggs, president of Woolrich. "We have great respect for the Eddie Bauer brand and are pleased both parties have reached a satisfactory conclusion to the dispute."
Woolrich, Inc. and John Rich & Sons Investment Holding Company had filed a complaint vs. Eddie Bauer, Inc. on January 6, 2009 in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.
Since 1830, WOOLRICH® is the authentic American brand that embraces the outdoor lifestyle. Trusted by generations of loyal consumers, Woolrich continues a tradition of offering products of quality and value. A brand known worldwide, Woolrich products include functional, comfortable and durable men's and women's sportswear and outerwear, hunting wear, well-designed Home and Outdoor Living products, innovative fabrications and licensed accessory products. In 2005, Woolrich celebrated its 175th Anniversary. It is the oldest outdoor apparel manufacturer in continuous operation in the United States. Visit the Woolrich web site at www.woolrich.com.
Established in 1920 in Seattle, Eddie Bauer is a specialty retailer that sells outerwear, apparel and accessories for the active outdoor lifestyle. The Eddie Bauer brand is a nationally recognized brand that stands for high quality, innovation, style and customer service. Eddie Bauer products are available at 376 stores throughout the United States and Canada, through catalog sales and online at www.eddiebauer.com. Eddie Bauer participates in a joint venture in Japan and has licensing agreements across a variety of product categories.