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Utility Patents in Fashion Design? Nike & Huzu Innovate The Way

by Knobbe Martens on

Edited by Catherine Holland   What is a Utility Patent? Utility patents cover a new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter.  Design patents are much more common in the fashion industry since design...more

How Does the Supreme Court’s Recent Ruling on Incontinence Products Spill Over into Fashion?

by Knobbe Martens on

On March 21, 2017 the Supreme Court issued a monumental holding removing the availability of laches as a defense in a claim for damages under patent infringement. The case changes decades of legal precedent, and adopts...more

These Boots Are Made For Walkin’: Trade Dress and the Distinctive Look of a Boot Sole

by Knobbe Martens on

Airwair, the owner of the Dr. Martens brand, recently launched a series of lawsuits in the Northern District of California to enforce the trade dress of its “iconic boots and shoes.” One lawsuit was filed in October against...more

From Runway to Replica: Intellectual Property Strategies for Protecting Fashion Designs

Designers like Alexander Wang, Rebecca Minkoff, and Michael Kors are all gearing up to premier their 2016 fall/winter collections this month during New York Fashion Week. Fashion Week draws more than 230,000 attendees each...more

“GIVE ME A … ©?” – Cheerleading Uniforms, Fashion Design and Copyright Law

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The old adage may hold that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but fashion designers are understandably dismayed when perfect replicas of their creative apparel are sold at deep discounts to lower-end markets soon...more

Design meets 3D Printing!

by DLA Piper on

This week in Milan everything is about design. Recently, 3D printing generated a lot of interest in the design industry, allowing any user to manufacture small batches of identical copies of an object at a low cost....more

Law À La Mode - Issue 14 – October 2014 (Global)

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Understanding the EU Consumer Rights Directive: An overview of the new Directive on Consumer Rights and its implementation in Belgium, France, Italy and the UK - Free Zones in the UAE: What do...more

Unregistered design rights – the Karen Millen case

by DLA Piper on

This is a very recent decision of the CJEU in the Karen Millen case, which provides important guidance to fashion designers and retailers who rely on unregistered design rights in their designs according to the Council...more

Fashion Law Making Strides off the Runway: 2012 Year in Review

by Ladas & Parry LLP on

This year has been marked by significant judicial and legislative developments relating to the fashion industry in the United States....more

Points & Authorities - Fall 2012

by Buchalter on

In This Issue: - The Innovative Design Protection Act: Bound for Success or Doomed to Fail? - Strategic Licensing Considerations - New Faces - Points from the President - Think Again Before Walking Away from...more

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