Tag: fashion

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Fashion Law Update – November 2021 edition
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Mike Tyson Sues Australian Streetwear Brand Culture Kings
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Riding On Coat-tails, Doesn’t Come Free: UK High Court Awards Additional Damages for Oh Polly’s Flagrant Infringement of House of CB’s Unregistered Design Rights
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Vertical Agreements in the Luxury Sector
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Neoprene Tote Bags: Watertight Not Copyright
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Fashion Law Update
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Top Tips for Achieving a Successful Restructuring
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“I Wanna Really Really Really Wanna… Take You To Court.” VB Trademark Dispute Heads to the Federal Circuit Court In Australia

Fashion Law Update – November 2021 edition

Fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life

Bill Cunningham

In this edition of Fashion Law, we look at the emerging and evolving trends within the retail, luxury goods and fashion sectors post COVID-19 around the world.

In this edition, we focus on a few themes which include:

  • Navigating a fashion brand’s transition to direct to consumer
  • Important updates for brands selling goods in Europe
  • Managing supply chain risk – the U.S. perspective
  • Consumer Law in Australia
  • What’s happening in fashion intellectual property?
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Mike Tyson Sues Australian Streetwear Brand Culture Kings

Mike Tyson, the famous former boxer, has sued Australian streetwear brand Culture Kings and its founders. Mr Tyson alleges the respondents have engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct under the Australian Consumer Law for using his name, nicknames and likeness to sell t-shirts, without his permission. Mr Tyson alleges that Culture Kings’ t-shirts bear images of him, his name as well as his monikers “Iron Mike”, and “Kid Dynamite”.

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Riding On Coat-tails, Doesn’t Come Free: UK High Court Awards Additional Damages for Oh Polly’s Flagrant Infringement of House of CB’s Unregistered Design Rights

On 24 February 2021, the UK High Court found that a number of Oh Polly dress designs had infringed the unregistered design rights of its competitor, House of CB. This recent decision confirms the risk of additional damages being awarded if infringers flagrantly copy third party designs, whilst also confirming the difficulties brand owners face in bringing passing off actions based solely on copycat designs.

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Vertical Agreements in the Luxury Sector

Our Brussels and London lawyers have contributed a Survey Article entitled “Vertical agreements in the luxury sector” to the Journal of European Competition Law & Practice, Oxford Academic. This is the first ever JECLAP Survey Article on vertical agreements in the luxury and fashion sector.

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Neoprene Tote Bags: Watertight Not Copyright

In the recent judgment State of Escape Accessories Pty Limited v Schwartz [2020] FCA 1606, Justice Davies of the Federal Court of Australia found a fashionable neoprene tote bag was not a “work of artistic craftsmanship” and therefore not an “artistic work” for the purposes of the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) (the Act). Since the Court found that copyright did not subsist in the State of Escape bag (the Escape Bag), there was no finding of copyright infringement.

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Fashion Law Update

“What’s my style is not your style, and I don’t see how you can define it. It’s something that expresses who you are in your own way.”
Iris Apfel

In this edition of Fashion Law, we have a huge selection of articles from around the world.

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Top Tips for Achieving a Successful Restructuring

The COVID-19 pandemic has driven a new reality for both fashion brands and the consumers they serve, with the changes being sharp and vast, and many of which will be permanent, such as the shift to online. Fashion brands have acutely felt the disruption to supply chains, retail stores, and delivery networks.

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“I Wanna Really Really Really Wanna… Take You To Court.” VB Trademark Dispute Heads to the Federal Circuit Court In Australia

Fashion mogul and former Spice Girl, Victoria Beckham lost the first round of a trademark battle with Australian skincare brand, VB Skinlab, in relation to two of VB Skinlab’s pending Australian trademark applications for the “VB” brand filed in March 2018. A full copy of the decision can be found here.

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