Kavita Pillai

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Advocate General clarifies “individual character” requirement for unregistered community design rights

A recent opinion issued by Advocate General Melchior Wathelet could strengthen the IP rights of fashion designers in Europe.  In a long-running infringement case by Karen Millen Fashions against Dunnes, a major retail chain in Ireland, the Advocate General’s opinion issued to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) sides with designer Karen … Continue Reading

Image rights versus the First Amendment: athlete cases tee up issue for courts across the U.S.

The rights of celebrities to control the commercial use of their images has been a hot topic in both the UK and the US for some time now.  You may recall, CovBrands reported on the issue before in connection with a lawsuit by Rihanna against Topshop for selling a t-shirt bearing her image without her … Continue Reading

Companies leverage YouTube for advertising that doesn’t look like advertising

Red Bull’s YouTube channel has 2.5 million subscribers.  Their video of Felix Baumgartner’s freefall to Earth from space, all while decked out in a Red Bull branded space suit, has 34 million views.  It’s not a fluke.  Red Bull’s other videos containing authentic content – read not obviously an ad – regularly pass the 10 … Continue Reading

New gTLDs: dot brand and dot fashion?

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, ICANN, held a drawing on 17 December to determine the priority by which new generic top-level domain applications would be reviewed.  A top-level domain is the part of a domain name to the right of the dot, like .com or .gov.  Participation in the draw was voluntary but … Continue Reading