Stealth Lawyer: Loni Edwards, Fashion Startup Founder
Dolce & Gabanna is a famous Italian fashion house, founded thirty years ago by Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. The company has been a significant player in the fashion industry for decades, dressing celebrities and...more
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
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
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
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
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.
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 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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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 (“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
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
Consumers frequently reveal personal information about themselves through a variety of daily online and offline activities. For fashion designers and retailers, this consumer information represents a valuable tool to...more
There are plenty of businesses making and selling garments in the rag trade and all of them are trying to stand out from the crowd. Each label is looking for their point of difference and, for a large number of brands, their...more
Recap of popular updates covering latest developments in the European Union....more
On 19 June 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) delivered a judgment in the ongoing seven-year legal battle between Karen Millen Fashions and Dunnes Stores in Ireland.
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
Trademark protection is very important in the fashion industry. The ability to protect certain logos and design features may determine the success of a fashion designer’s business. Thus, it is crucial to understand how to...more
I will survive! Global law firm K&L Gates hosted a panel of experts, featuring David Briskin (Executive Chairman, sass & bide and Director, VAMFF), Rachel Smith (Partner, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu) and Jol Rogers (Partner, K&L...more
The year 2014 is being hailed as the year of wearable technologies. Wearables captured significant attention at January’s International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and hundreds of new products are expected to be...more
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