In the midst of New York Fashion Week, Judge Shira
Sheindlein delivered a stylish valentine to the fashion law community in the case
of Gucci v. Guess?, Inc. , 2012 US.Dist.LEXIS 18497 (February 14, 2012) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ],
in which Gucci has asserted trademark...
The global fashion and apparel industry has grown to
represent a $3 trillion market. Therefore, a new area of law is required to help guide fashion designers
and executives through the legal quandaries peculiar to fashion. Fashion Law: A Guide for Designers, Fashion
Executives and Attorneys addresses...
By Shannon King
The multi-million dollar trademark and trade dress dispute between Italian fashion label Gucci and American designer Guess?, Inc. ("Guess?") marches on toward trial as Judge Shira Scheindlin of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York largely...
On March 13, Vernon Bruce Hoeksema ("Hoeksema") commenced an
action in the Southern District of New York (12 CIV 1841) against Asprey
International Ltd. ('Asprey")and John P. Rigas ("Rigas") asserting claims of
breach of contract, common law fraud, fraud in the inducement...
By Tyler Baker
Luxury brand titan Louis Vuitton recently achieved a significant victory over counterfeiting of its designer products. In an action brought in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, Louis Vuitton sued the Eisenhauer Road Flea Market, its owner, Bruce L. Gore, and...
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...
Active Sports Lifestyle USA, a manufacturer of active wear
for extreme athletes/riders, recently filed a trademark infringement action
against Old Navy. Old Navy is accused of infringing the "Active" trademark, which
includes Active's triangle design.
According to the complaint...
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...
Perhaps the most remarkable feature of the current hyper-digital age is the ever-shrinking gap between the celebrity and everyman. Nowhere is this phenomenon more apparent than in the realm of the celebrity tweet. Twitter, the pervasive microblogging website, promises thrilling accessibility to prominent...
On Monday, Mara Hoffman, Inc. sued Forever 21 in the
Southern District of New York, accusing the retailer of copyright infringement.
Mara Hoffman owns a copyright in and to a fabric entitled "Chief." According to
the complaint :
Defendant has infringed Mara
Hoffman's copyright by...
Earlier this month, Vera Company sued Liz Claiborne / Fifth
& Pacific, alleging that defendants have been selling Kate Spade products, including
but not limited to dresses and telephone cases, that infringe Vera's Poppy
Field design copyright.
The complaint describes the Poppy Field design...
The Worth Collection, which sells clothing, jewelry and
fashion accessories, recently filed suit against a Florida business that sells
jewelry and fashion accessories under the mark and trade name "The Worth
Collection." According to the complaint, the defendants (WCPB) also operate a
Red M&Ms, red Crayolas red Porsches - let's hope they
never end. But what about the famous red shoe battle between designers Christian
Louboutin and Yves Saint Laurent? You thought there was an end to that red
You might be wrong.
As reported by Law360 , the USPTO recently...
law , a person can't own an eagle. In fact, a person can't even own the
feather from an eagle. Federal law notwithstanding, nothing prevents a person
from owning the representation of an eagle, which is what American Eagle, the
fashion company, has done. American Eagle owns...