Yesterday, we posted a story about Tonino Lamborghini s.r.l. claiming that Globe did not have the appropriate licenses to use their name on their recently unveiled 4G broadband stick. Globe answered this allegation by saying that they got the permission to use the trademark on the stick from Primo Mobile, who has the rights to the Tonino Lamborghini name in appointed territories (i.e., the Philippines). Now it seems that Primo Mobile didn’t have authority to give the permission to Globe in the first place, if you believe the post in Tonino Lamborghini’s official Facebook account. According to them ” Tonino Lamborghini wishes to clarify that Primo Mobile had been granted only a trademark license – neither a master license nor a master franchise – but such trademark license agreement was duly terminated by the licensor, Tonino Lamborghini s.r.l., some months ago. In any case, such trademark license agreement did not authorize Primo Mobile to sub-license the use of the Tonino Lamborghini trademark and logo.”
If Tonino Lamborghini’s allegations are true then it seems that Primo Mobile is the party to blame here, not Globe, as the company did NOT have the authority to greenlight the product for launch, or even if they did, those rights probably expired before the launch of the product and Globe was unaware of this issue going into the agreement. We’ve reached out to Globe for comment, but there has been no reply about this development so far. We’ll be updating this post as soon as we get their side.
Source: Tonino Lamborghini (Facebook)