The realm of social media was rocked by a statement released by Tonino Lamborghini yesterday saying that Globe Telecom used its name without proper authorization.
However, Globe clarifies that they did get legal license to use the Tonino Lamborghini name and logo. Here's an official statement from them:
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 Tonino 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.
For a big corporation like Globe, I do think they won't be as successful as they are if they do not have the right ethics. Globe would never brand a product without the proper and necessary clearances, much less use a globally famous brand without permission.
This issue is simply a huge misunderstanding between Primo and the mother company Tonino Lamborghini, but has been used by the competitors to turn off consumers. Definitely, Globe has always upheld the highest standards for corporate governance, and in fact have been recognized both here and abroad for it.
For your reference, here's the statement released by Tonino Lamborghini that mislead many people:
Tonino Lamborghini s.r.l., an Italy-based company which is the sole lawful owner worldwide of the trademark "Tonino Lamborghini" hereunder wishes to inform its customers that unauthorized people are currently trading online and through Globe stores a "4G Tatto Tonino Lamborghini" broadband stick which is a counterfeited product.
Tonino Lamborghini s.r.l. has never manufactured or authorized anyone to manufacture such a product which constitutes therefore a serious trademark infringement.
Moreover the advertising campaign "Feed your need for speed" featuring Marlon Stockinger, first Filipino to win a formula race in Europe, is deceitful and unlawful since it leads to a serious likelihood of confusion between two different and separate brands and businesses that is to say "Tonino Lamborghini" and "Automobili Lamborghini".
Tonino Lamborghini s.r.l. shall take any legal action to protect the brand.
Yours faithfully, Dott. Gian Luca FilippiTonino Lamborghini s.r.l. CEO
Case closed - Globe's 4G Tattoo Tonino Lamborghini broadband stick is definitely NOT fake and IS legal.