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Franchising agreements in Italy

We live in one of the world fashion capitals, waiting every year for the new Milan fashion week as an opportunity to cover in our blog some of the top current legal issues impacting the fashion sector....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

Trending Information: The Connection Between Data Brokers and the Fashion Industry

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

That look’s a steal: K&L Gates advises on how to protect against copycats

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

The American Apparel Saga Continues

American Apparel has been on the watch-list for those who follow distressed retailers for quite a while. The company, known for its provocative advertising and American-made apparel, has approximately 249 retail stores in...more

Unregistered design rights – the Karen Millen case

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

Is America Ready for "Made in the U.S.A." Clothing?

While the reshoring tide is undeniably rising, the prospect of clothing and apparel manufacturing returning to the United States remains uncertain. Back in the 1960s, about 95% of clothing worn in the U.S.A. was also made...more

Don’t Get Caught With Your Pants Down: Cover Your Assets By Registering Your Brand Name

Whether you aspire to grow your fashion line to become as recognizable as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent, or you have more modest aspirations for your fashion line, this article is for you. When you see or hear...more

Trademark Functionality and Fashion – Tips for Clients

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

Insolvency In The Fashion Retail Sector: The Risks And The Opportunities

In this article on the changing landscape of UK fashion retail, we consider the challenges and changes faced by the industry and comment on the opportunities available for existing players and potential new entrants to the...more

Jumpstarting Online Conversation Navigating False Claims And Endorsements In The Fashion Space

The rise in popularity of social networking websites and blogs has extended the reach of a single consumer’s opinion about a brand or its products or services. In fact, prior to purchasing goods or services, consumers...more

Top tips for Australian designers and fashion businesses

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

Advertising In France Parlez-Vous Français?

The 20th anniversary of the French Language Act (Loi Toubon) of 4 August 1994 is a good occasion to examine the applicable rules when advertising in France. Such requirements are of particular interest for the fashion, retail...more

Law À La Mode - Issue 13 - April 2014

In This Issue: - PRIVACY BY DESIGN? FASHION FLAIR TRANSFORMS WEARABLE TECHNOLOGIES: The rise of the wearables – and the data protection challenges they bring - EFFECTIVELY DELIVERING IT SERVICES IN THE RETAIL...more

The Devil Wears Trademark: How The Fashion Industry Has Expanded Trademark Doctrine To Its Detriment

I. INTRODUCTION - Over the past decade, the uncertainty of fashion’s status as protectable intellectual property has generated enormous controversy. It is no wonder: in 2011, apparel sales in the United States amounted...more

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence - 2014

BETTING AND GAMING - US: Draft legislation aims to prohibit Internet gambling - Last month, a draft Internet Gambling Control Act surfaced on the Internet. This proposed legislation, attributed by industry websites to...more

Top questions fashion brands should consider before conducting social media marketing

Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram…the list of social media tools for the promotion of your fashion brand is ever increasing. While social media is an effective and immediate way to reach your customers, there are some...more

#FashiOnline – Top 5 Giveaways

Thank you to all that attended the #FashiOnline event. There were a lot of attendees and very interesting topics. These are our main 5 giveaways....more

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:...more

Fashion, global e-commerce and harmonized legislation

We discussed fashion and online retail and the new related legal issues. When a fashion company decides to approach e-commerce, it is likely that it will deal with different jurisdictions, taking into account, for...more

Wearable Technologies at #Fashionoline conference

We discussed in several instances of werable technologies and this will be one of the topics which will be discussed during our #Fashionline conference to be held on the 24th of January 2014 with the participation, among...more

Fashion Designers Beware: The Corporate Veil Can Easily Slip, Even After a Judgment

As proud as you are of your company, remember that it is a separate person, and treating its achievements as purely your own and its income as your personal bank account may get you into trouble. That was the import of a...more

Fashion Documentaries: A Fashion Do

Since the first major fashion documentary featuring designer Isaac Mizrahi, “Unzipped,” made its debut in 1995, the popularity of fashion documentaries has only gained traction. Within the past five years, a smattering of...more

Antitrust Authority blocks 122 websites selling counterfeited watches

The Italian Antitrust Authority (Agcm) blocked access in the Italian territory to 122 websites, managed through servers located in Malaysia and registered by foreign entities...more

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