Law À La Mode - Issue 12 – Winter 2013/14 (Global)

In This Issue:

- Mandatory Employment Of Women In Retail Stores In Saudi Arabia: Key points for complying with the new requirements for retailers to employ women in female-oriented stores

- No Logo Required: Bottega Veneta Secures Weave Trademark: A summary of the USPTO decision which concluded that Bottega Veneta’s leather weave design is an indicator of origin

- Destinazione Italia: The New R&D Tax Credit In Italy: Measures to attract inward investment to Italy may benefit designers

- Setting Up A New Fashion Business: A legal and practical overview, including top tips from David Watts of the British Fashion Council and NEWGEN MEN designer Diego Vanassibara

- Australian Sales Tax Reform: Australian Treasury considers controversial proposals to extend GST to overseas online purchases

- Blurred Lines – Is My Use Commercial? An analysis of the use of celebrity images in advertising

- Green Shoots In Retail IPOs? Some recent examples

- New Kids On The Block: Can Australian Retailers Compete Against New International Brands? Risks for home-grown Australian fashion brands

- Fashion Brand Franchising In The UAE – Avoiding 5 Potential Pitfalls Challenges and opportunities in the Emirates

- In Focus: Retailers’ Use Of CCTV In France CCTV and employees’ privacy rights

- Business Round-Up

- Calendar

- Editorial:

The Middle East editorial team is delighted to bring you this Winter edition of Law à la Mode, the quarterly legal magazine produced by DLA Piper’s Fashion, Retail and Design group for distribution to clients and contacts of the firm worldwide.

This edition also considers two very different employment regulations that are relevant to international retailers. First, we look at the rules governing the mandatory employment of women in female-related stores in Saudi Arabia (page 4). Second, we update you on the restrictions that apply to retailers’ use of CCTV in France (page 18).

The Australian retail market has seen dramatic change over recent years. On the fashion front, international high street brands such as Gap, Zara and Topshop are making inroads into a market traditionally occupied by Australian domestic retailers. We examine what these changes mean for local Australian retailers (page 15). We also look at controversial proposals to extend Australian sales tax to overseas online purchases (page 11).

In an edition of Law à la Mode brought to you by DLA Piper’s team in the Middle East, it is natural for us to sing the praises of Dubai as a retail destination. However, retailers unfamiliar with local law may encounter certain challenges in the legal landscape when franchising here, and we aim to shed some light on these on (page 16).

Finally, we conclude our Winter edition with the usual business round-up (page 19) and our calendar of upcoming fashion events (page 20), to ensure you remain fashion-forward no matter where you are.

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