Valuing the Invaluable: US Government Looks at IP’s Contribution to Economy

By Ashlee Froese of Gilbert's LLP The US Commerce Department, in conjunction with the US Patent and Trademarks Office, recently issued a report that looked at the economic contributions of intellectual property to the US economy. It's no joke. It is estimated that intellectual property-intensive...

Canadian Media Houses Battle Over Fashionable Trade-marks

By Ashlee Froese of Gilbert's LLP A decision was recently released relating to Toronto Life Publishing Company Limited and its successor company 1772887 Ontario Limited taking on Bell Canada in respect of its fashion-related blog in an opposition proceeding. ( OK - typing out 1772887 Ontario Limited...

The Other Shoe Drops

By Ashlee Froese of Gilbert's LLP Zut alors! Christian Louboutin is not having a good year with the judicial system and must be seeing red! CanadaFashionLaw has extensively covered Christian Louboutin's dispute with Yves Saint Laurent in the US, with respect to YSL's use of the...

Fashion's Night Out in Canada?

By Ashlee Froese of Gilbert's LLP Every Wednesday CanadaFashionLaw religiously reads the Trade-marks Journal issued by the Canadian Trade-marks Office ( what can we say - we love trade-marks !!). Something caught our eye that we thought was worthy of a quick blurb. It looks like Advance Magazine...

Australian Law Butts Out Branding

By Ashlee Froese of Gilbert's LLP This is not altogether related to the fashion industry but it's pretty darned interesting! And, let's face it, here at CanadaFashionLaw , we can tie almost everything back to fashion!!!! Australia recently enacted probably the toughest law against the...

Mon Dieu: Chanel Accused of Counterfeiting

By Ashlee Froese of Gilbert's LLP France is known for its fashion. Perhaps more importantly within the fashion world, France is known as being one of the last remaining champions of the petites mains : highly skilled tailors and seamstresses that are the "behind the scenes" technicians...

Canada Fashion Law - Mon Dieu: Canada est Bilingue!

By Ashlee Froese of Gilbert's LLP It's a good thing that old Montreal is so darned charming because doing business there can cause some retailers a headache! When launching a product or business in Canada it is important to remember that Canada is a bilingual country. And it can be a PR and...