When Tonino Lamborghini’s CEO issued a press statement that the Tonino Lamborghini stick is a fake, I couldn’t believe it. I wanted to hear the side of Globe. It was June when I first heard of Globe’s new product during their launch. It is sad to hear news like this.
Right after I posted it in Twitter, someone tweeted me that the Tonino Lamborghini stick is not authorized. I just shrugged it off.
Globe issued a clarification shortly after.
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 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.
My lawyer friend thinks “brouhaha might be result of failure to conduct due diligence of licensee and verify master franchise.” Another lawyer in Twitter says “I hope the Singapore company is allowed to sub-license” and that there was no misrepresentation on their part.
I believe the CEO of Tonino Lamborghini should be informed of this authorization and issue another statement. Accusing a product of being a fake is not something to be taken lightly.