He's too pretty! He'll never survive!
Pro surfer Kelly Slater and Quiksilver recently started the clothing line VSTR, pronounced "visitor,"but rival company, World Marketing, is not pleased.
Back in March, Visitor fired off a cease-and-desist letter to Quiksilver, saying they're violating their trademark, which they've owned since 1998.
Quiksilver went on to file their own complaint in Santa Ana, California, claiming they did no such thing because even though VSTR is inspired by the word "visitor", it actually stands for "visiting, surfing, traveling and responsibility".
Not happy with their legal action, Visitor countersued and subpoenaed Slater on November 14th to testify.
Slater responded to the request by saying he's too busy with the Association of Surfing Professionals World Championship Tour and will be unable to testify until the new year.
However, World Marketing isn’t ready to give up! Their VP, Neil Mossberg, said:
"I can’t really talk about the case. However, I will say this: I know we are not as famous as Kelly Slater, and I know our stock is not traded like Quiksilver’s. However, I also know we will not be wiped out without a fight."
This could get very inneresting!
Hopefully they can settle things so both parties are happy.
[Image via Nikki Nelson/WENN.]
Tags: association of surfing professionals world championship tour, kelly slater, neil mossberg, quiksilver, visitor, vstr, world marketing