Gucci has lost the legal battle against Silvano Lattanzi over the horsebit trademark that it has long been using on its leather goods. In 2011, Italy's financial authority confiscated a number of horsebit-bearing loafers that were being sold by a retailer in Tuscany under the Silvano Lattanzi brand name. In a complaint filed with the Italian district court of Fermo almost a decade ago, Gucci accused Silvano Lattanzi of counterfeiting in its production and sale of shoes that prominently featured a horsebit on their upper. Silvano Lattanzi argued that it had been using the horsebit buckle at issue since the 1970s. Gucci's trademark registration for the symbol dates back only to 2005, and Italy's trademark legislation operates on a first-to-file, rather than a first-to-use, basis. Lattanzi also argued that the horsebit could not be considered as the indicator to consumers of a single source for products, as it appears on products by other brands and designers as well. In a decision issued at the beginning of October, the district court of Fermo sided with Silvano Lattanzi, which was fully acquitted. It is not yet known whether Gucci intends to appeal.