Birds of a Feather Do Not Flock Together

By Ashlee Froese of Gilbert's LLP International Clothiers Inc. is getting well-acquainted with Canada's Federal Court. Previously , CanadaFashionLaw advised of Target's aggressive strategies prior to actually launching in Canada, which involved International Clothiers Inc. Now they are...

Will The Canadian Trade-marks Office Get Its Groove On?

By Ashlee Froese of Gilbert's LLP Ever eager to keep our readers in tune with the latest developments, CanadaFashionLaw is excited to share some red hot news. ( Ok - yes it's about trade-marks law, but it's still pretty interesting! ) Last week, the Canadian Trade-marks Office issued...

Canada Sounds Off

By Ashlee Froese of Gilbert's LLP CanadaFashionLaw recently reported on interesting developments with regards to Canada's foray into the non-traditional trade-marks world. Although Canada may be a late-comer to the party, it certainly is playing catch-up. Today, the Canadian Trade-marks Office...

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...

INTA Targets Teens In Anti-Counterfeiting Campaign

By Ashlee Froese of Gilbert's LLP With the International Chamber of Commerce's recent report stating that the counterfeit goods industry may reach $1.75 trillion (US) by 2012, INTA has decided to step up its game. ( For those of you not in the know, the International Trademarks Association...

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...

Copy That! An Update on Copyright Reform in Canada

By Ashlee Froese of Gilbert's LLP Canadian copyright lawyers have been banging their head against the wall for a couple of years now and CanadaFashionLaw hopes that this little bit of news will alleviate their headache! You see, for years now, Canada has been trying to give its Copyright Act...

Toronto Fashion Week Gets A Little Botox

By Ashlee Froese of Gilbert's LLP The twitter-verse was set ablaze this week by the surprising news that Toronto Fashion Week has been sold. This is an interesting development for North America's second largest fashion week (following New York) and goes beyond a mere change in sponsorship...

Sound Marks Just a Whisper in Canada

By Ashlee Froese of Gilbert's LLP CanadaFashionLaw just wanted to give you a head's up that Canada has its first registered sound mark! It's been a long road for Metro Goldwyn Meyer ( click here to get the scoop) but they finally have protection of their roaring lion sound. Since the...

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...

Louboutin v. YSL Forced to Agree to Disagree

By Ashlee Froese of Gilbert's LLP The fashion law community has been carefully watching Christian Louboutin and Yves Saint Laurent battle over red-soled shoes. CanadaFashionLaw has kept its readers in the know every step of the way. We're pleased to provide a summary on the much anticipated...

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...

End of the Road for Christian Louboutin v. Yves Saint Laurent

By Ashlee Froese of Gilbert's LLP It appears that fashion's most infamous case has finally come to a close. If you want to read up on the Christian Louboutin v. Yves Saint Laurent case, you'll find a full summary here . Both parties seemingly came away from the Appeal decision satisfied...

Be It Resolved: IP Really Is Everywhere!

By Ashlee Froese of Gilbert's LLP Relishing the opportunity to watch smart, meaningful and intelligent debate, CanadaFashionLaw has been seriously enjoying the US election debates. Imagine our delight when intellectual property laws and counterfeiting snuck into the second presidential debate...

What's Happening on the Modelling Side of the Fashion Industry

By Ashlee Froese of Gilbert's LLP Model Behaviour With Toronto's Fashion Week kicking off this week [Oct. 22-26], Toronto's streets have been filled with models strutting between "go sees" for the last couple of weeks. We thought this would be a good opportunity to see what's...

Glass Half Empty for Industrial Design Protection in Canada?

By Ashlee Froese of Gilbert's LLP An interesting decision was recently issued by Canada's Federal Court, which has sparked some interest in the intellectual property arena: Bodum USA, Inc. and PI Design AG v. Trudeau Corporation (1889) Inc. The case focuses on industrial design infringement...

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...