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Tory Burch Protects Her Brand

The barrage of counterfeit jewelry products bearing the “Isis Cross” will cease! After more than two years of battling with counterfeiters, Tory Burch, LLC and its subsidiary (“Tory Burch”) secured a $41 million judgment and...more

Update on Battle Over the Navajo Mark

In a surprising move last week, Urban Outfitters and its subsidiaries (collectively “Urban Outfitters”) moved to withdraw their motion for partial summary judgment on the secondary liability claims being brought against them...more

Four Stripes and You’re Out: Adidas Sues Marc By Marc Jacobs

On April 8, 2015, Adidas filed suit against Marc by Marc Jacobs (“Marc”) in the United States District Court of Oregon for trademark infringement, unfair competition, trademark dilution, and deceptive trade practices based on...more

Law à la Mode: Co-branding of wearable technologies; Internet of Things and the retail sector; 3D printing and more - Edition 16

The United States editorial team is delighted to bring you the sixteenth edition of Law à la Mode, the quarterly legal magazine produced by DLA Piper's Fashion, Retail and Design Group. In April 2014, we published an...more

Use of NAVAJO – Is Urban Outfitters Infringing or Not?

Battles continue to wage over use of the “Navajo” and “Navaho” marks in New Mexico federal court. The Navajo Nation (“the Nation”) sued Urban Outfitters and its subsidiaries, including one of my favorite retailers,...more

Ralph Lauren Loses Its Latest Polo Match in the Second Circuit

The Second Circuit recently vacated a contempt order entered against the U.S. Polo Association for selling sunglasses with its logo depicting two mounted polo players vying for a ball. The Second Circuit found that the...more

Another fashion pitfall: Trademark protection denied to Louis Vuitton’s chequerboard patterns

On 21 April 2015 the General Court issued two parallel judgments in cases T-359/12 and T-360/12, confirming the declaration of invalidity of Louis Vuitton’s two Community trademarks, consisting of chequerboard patterns,...more

Design meets 3D Printing!

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

LVMH Gets Brow-barred in Australia

Cosmetics/luxury goods giant LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessey, for the plebians among us) has lost a recent attempt to trademark the term “Brow Bar” in Australia.  Australian beautician Chernae Noonan opposed LVMH’s...more

Belgium: New Developments In The Framework Of The Copyright Protection Of Handbags

In a recent judgment concerning a dispute between Jean Cassegrain S.A.S (Longchamp) and a Belgian reseller of leather handbags, the Court of Appeal of Ghent denied copyright protection to Jean Cassegrain’s handbag “Le...more

A Word From The Industry's Mouth: Interview With Professor Barbara Pozzo

1. Barbara, you are the coordinator of the postgraduate fashion law course at the Insubria University of Como and at the Statale University of Milan. No similar course has ever been offered by an Italian academic institution...more

UK: Passing Off – How Rihanna “found love” in the Court of Appeal

On 22 January 2014 the Court of Appeal upheld the High Court decision in a claim for passing off brought by global superstar Rihanna against Topshop. The dispute centered on a t-shirt which was sold by Topshop in its...more

Protecting Polka Dots and Zebra Stripes Through Copyright: Eleventh Circuit Affirms Ruling that Boot Designs are Infringed (But...

A relatively common problem affecting the fashion industry is claims of copyright infringement over designs that appear on clothing and other merchandise. In particular, retailers create product overseas, unaware that a...more

Olem Shoe Corp. v. Washington Shoe Corp. - USCA, Eleventh Circuit, January 12, 2015

Eleventh Circuit affirms district court’s summary judgment rulings finding that Olem infringed Washington Shoe’s copyrights in women’s rain boot designs, but did not do so with actual knowledge or reckless disregard. ...more

Swiping from the Swoosh: Nike sues former shoe designers for trade secret theft

Nike recently sued three of its former shoe designers who defected to Adidas, claiming the trio brought trade secrets with them, including Nike’s strategic development plans, design drawings, and other information “tied” to...more

Allegations That Designer Wedding Dress Line Constitutes A Relevant Product Market Found Implausible

Allegations that a highly specialized designer line of wedding dresses lacks reasonable substitutes fail to support allegations of Sherman Act violations for price fixing and group boycott claims.  House of Brides etc., v....more

Manatt Digital Media - November 2014

Cutting of the Cable Bundle, NOT the Cord—Welcome to “The Great Unbundling” - 2014 is a transformative year for the media business. We will look back several years from now and fully realize this. First, anyone...more

Unregistered Design Rights: The Karen Millen Case

The recent decision of the CJEU in the Karen Millen case provides important guidance to fashion designers and retailers who rely on unregistered design rights in their designs according to the Council Regulation (EC) No....more

No Ifs, Ands or Butt Pockets: Do “U” See Trademark Infringement?

Guru Denim, Inc. dba True Religion Brand Jeans recently sued Burlington Coat Factory Warehouse Corporation for selling jeans that allegedly infringed on True Religion’s “U-shaped” pocket design. Interestingly, this is not...more

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

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

Apparel Designs and the “Metaphysics” of Copyright Protection

Metaphysics is usually thought to be the province of philosophers or theologians. A recent decision by a U.S. District Court in Tennessee, Varsity Brands, Inc. v. Star Athletica, LLC, 110 U.S.P.Q.2d 1150 (W.D. Tenn. 2014),...more

Gucci / Guess – The Italian Appeal: Gucci’s half victory against Guess on the ground of unfair competition

The Milan Court of Appeal has overturned the first instance decision and partially upheld Gucci’s claims, stating that Guess has committed an act of unfair competition, by parasitically copying a number of products of the...more

Do I Need to Dress Up My Fashion Line in a “Trade Dress?”

What is a trade dress? Is this a new fashion trend that Miley Cyrus or Rihanna started? Not exactly. Trade dress law is a subset of trademark law that originally included only the packaging or “dressing” of a...more

The Court of Justice of the European Union Strengthens Unregistered Community Design Rights

The Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) issued its decision in Karen Millen Fashions Ltd v Dunnes Stores (C-345/13) on June 19, 2014, providing guidance on litigating unregistered Community designs and...more

The TAKE OFF Campaign - Cavalli-er attitude or religious hyper-sensitivity?

There is a general rule that you don’t talk about sex, religion or politics at work. I did politics in my last Letter from Europe, and this time, I’m touching on the religious theme. (As I don’t think the firm would take...more

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