Tag Archives: Fashion

Legal Workshops at Central Saint Martins

Covington announced its support of the MA Fashion course at Central Saint Martins (CSM) towards the end of last year.  Since then, we have provided a number of practical workshops to the students enrolled in the course.   Our aim is to equip aspiring designers with important legal and commercial knowledge as they near graduation. The … Continue Reading

Covington to provide workshops to Central Saint Martin’s MA Fashion Students

Covington recently announced its support for the highly esteemed MA Fashion course at Central Saint Martins (CSM) in London. CSM has an outstanding reputation for educating fashion students. Successful alumni of CSM include Alexander McQueen, Christopher Kane, Simone Rocha and Roksanda Ilincic. MA Fashion is the only course that has a show on the official … Continue Reading

UK CMA launches Article 101 investigation into fashion markets

The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has opened an investigation into suspected anti-competitive arrangements in UK fashion markets.  Little information has been released, but the case was opened on 24 March 2015 into anticompetitive agreements and concerted practices under Chapter I of the UK Competition Act 1998 and/or Article 101 of the Treaty on … Continue Reading

Guess Wins Latest Trademark Infringement Dispute Against Gucci in the French Courts

The Court of Paris has ruled in favour of Guess in the latest lawsuit brought by Gucci for alleged infringement of some of its trademarks.  Gucci claimed that Guess was infringing its rights by selling wallets, belts, and other products whose designs copied or mimicked its own. On 30 January 2015, the Court of Paris … Continue Reading

Asics’ German online distribution structure may land in a different place to Adidas

In early 2013, the German competition authority (Bundeskartellamt) opened investigations into the German online distribution systems of sporting goods manufacturers Adidas and Asics.  Both companies operate selective distribution systems, and the Bundeskartellamt took the preliminary view that both companies were imposing on their distributors restrictions regarding online sales that went beyond what was justifiable to … Continue Reading

Is it time for a fashionable smartwatch?

The launch of the Apple Watch on 9 September has prompted a discussion of how wearable devices can bridge the gap between technology and fashion, and how this developing market might affect traditional luxury brands. Smartwatches represent a fast-growing market.  In 2013, the market volume of the global smartwatch industry was USD 700 million: experts … Continue Reading

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

Blomqvist v. Rolex: EU Court of Justice says a foreign online sale is enough to stop counterfeits at the EU border; No need to show further evidence of ‘targeting’ EU consumers

A fake ‘Rolex’ sold from a website in China is delivered to Denmark  The case began in January 2010 when Danish resident Mr. Blomqvist purchased a ‘Rolex’ watch from a Chinese online shopping site.  The order and payment were made through an English version of the website.  The seller dispatched the watch from Hong Kong.  … Continue Reading

London Fashion Week: Model Rights?

As models are flown in from across the globe for London Fashion Week, we take the opportunity to remind businesses of their responsibilities towards models under UK employment law. Last summer, we blogged on the movement gathering momentum both in the UK and further afield to ensure that models’ working conditions provide adequate protection. The … Continue Reading

In China, it’s use it or lose it or else, get to be well-known: lessons to draw from Burberry’s battle to defend its signature tartan

A brand iconic for its tartan-lined raincoats faces stormy weather in China (at least in a metaphoric sense).  Burberry — like other brands with a strong presence in the People’s Republic— confronts the challenge of protecting its trademark under Chinese law, and there are lessons to absorb from its experience.  Burberry is currently appealing a … Continue Reading

Fashion label fined after TV broadcast alleges resale price maintenance – yet another RPM case from Denmark

So far this year Miele, SH White Goods and Unilever have fallen foul of Denmark’s Competition and Consumer Authority’s (“DCCA”) enforcement efforts against retail price maintenance (RPM).  On October 30, 2013, fashion brand Vila joined them.  Vila and the DCCA reached a DKK 1.6 million settlement after finding that Vila infringed Section 6 of the Danish … Continue Reading

New simplified UK visa rules may mean increased luxury spending by Chinese tourists

While in China earlier this month, George Osborne, the UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, announced a new pilot scheme to simplify the process by which Chinese citizens apply for UK tourist visas. The current, burdensome requirements for Chinese citizens to apply for a UK visa include supplying biometric information, fees of up to £200 (higher … Continue Reading

New York toughens its child labor laws to protect young models

In August we explored the move in New York to extend the protection of certain child labor laws to child models (under the age of 18).  You can read more here.  This week, the bill (S.5486) was signed by Governor Cuomo and has passed into law with significant impact for the fashion industry, particularly in … Continue Reading

Companies flouting National Minimum Wage laws to be publicly named and shamed

Since our blog post on the UK Government’s crackdown on the use of un-paid interns, there have been further developments regarding the National Minimum Wage (“NMW”) scheme. In October 2013, restrictions will be stripped back making it easier for an employer who breaks NMW law to be publicly named and shamed. Under the current scheme, the Pay … Continue Reading

Abercrombie and Fitch under investigation in France over potentially discriminatory recruitment policies

Abercrombie and Fitch – renowned for its attractive shirtless model hosts greeting customers at store entrances – is currently under investigation by the French human rights watchdog (Defenseur des Droits) over claims that it hires employees based solely on their good looks. The watchdog is concerned that Abercrombie’s recruitment methods are based on discriminatory criteria … Continue Reading

Terahertz time-domain spectroscopy technology — a new tool to combat counterfeiting?

Counterfeiters are constantly coming up with new and clever ways to produce high quality copies of fashion and luxury products.  Many copies can’t be distinguished from the original products without authentication features.  Brands are increasingly using RFID tags and other ways to help consumers and customs officials identify what’s real and what’s fake.  The latest … Continue Reading

Model working conditions? UK retailers sign up to Equity’s 10 point code for the treatment of models

Earlier this week, CovBrands blogged about prospective changes to New York law, which would give increased protection to models under the age of 18. In the UK, young models are protected by regulations that apply to child performers under age 16. The regulations require a special licence to hire a child to participate in any … Continue Reading

New York moves to extend child labor laws to models under 18

As a global fashion center, New York attracts hordes of aspiring young models each year.  Soon, a new law could require designers, advertisers and fashion publications to meet strict requirements if they wish to employ models under the age of 18. Historically, child models have been exempt from the legal protections that New York law … Continue Reading

UPDATE: Rihanna successfully sues Topshop for using her image on t-shirts

You may remember that, back in May, CovBrands reported that Rihanna was suing Topshop for selling a t-shirt, which bore her image, without her consent.  The judgment is in and the High Court has ruled that Topshop is liable on the grounds of passing off. However, the court did not take the opportunity to introduce … Continue Reading

Juicy Couture founders want to buy back their brand from Fifth & Pacific

After selling Juicy Couture in 2010, founders Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor have been reaching out to private equity firms in search of an investor to help them buy back their brand.  Experts believe that the return of the founders may be just what the brand needs to regain its importance and strength.  In light … Continue Reading

The kids are alright: luxury brands embrace children’s apparel lines

Suri Cruise, Harper and Romeo Beckham, and Apple and Moses Martin are just some of the names on Vanity Fair’s latest top ten best dressed list.  If you have not heard these names, you have likely heard of their famous parents (Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise, Victoria and David Beckham, and Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris … Continue Reading

The dawn of the “wearable technology” era

As news breaks around the world that Apple has applied in multiple jurisdictions for an iWatch trademark, this seems to signal the start of a new era of the “wearable technology” brand. Consumers are accustomed to high-end and luxury lifestyle brands selling wearable accessories — from perfume and sunglasses to handbags and shoes — but … Continue Reading

London Collections: Men

The British Fashion Council’s fashion week focused on men only, London Collections: Men, kicked off yesterday in London (according to a recent study by the Victoria and Albert Museum, the birthplace of men’s luxury fashion).  The men’s spring/summer 2014 collection is shown over three days.  Despite only debuting in June of last year, the London … Continue Reading

Louboutin Launches New Wave of U.S. Trademark Litigation Over Red-Soled Shoes; Charles Jourdan and Alba are Louboutin’s Latest Targets

Armed with a landmark decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, French footwear design Christian Louboutin has renewed efforts to police his U.S. trademark for red-soled women’s shoes. On Tuesday, Louboutin filed suit against Charles Jourdan Fashion Footwear in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (which … Continue Reading
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