Give me a Yay! The Varsity Brands decision
Canadian Law / Copyright / Fashion & Business / IP / legal / US and Canada / US Fashion / US Law

Give me a Yay! The Varsity Brands decision

It is the talk of the town. On March 22 the US Supreme Court decided the Star Athletica LLC v. Varsity Brands Inc. case that dealt with the copyrightability of designs on articles of clothing. Cheerleading uniforms were at issue in this case. The question before the courts was whether the design on the cheerleading uniform was protected … Continue reading

Steve Madden in hot water…again
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Steve Madden in hot water…again

Steve Madden is in trouble again. Just as it thought it was done with the commotion of its trade dress battle with Altuzarra, it has gotten into trouble with Dr. Martens over Madden’s production of a boot that bears striking similarities to Dr. Martens’ most famous boot.  Dr. Martens is alleging that Steve Madden is making … Continue reading

WWD: Someone on your turf – Fashion victim to trademark squatting
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WWD: Someone on your turf – Fashion victim to trademark squatting

Cybersquatting is the “abusive registration of trademarks as domain names”. Imagine you were a growing brand and wanted to expand your scope to the cyber world. You look to register your brand, and you see that the website already exists, with your trademark, and it seems to exist for no real purpose. You are a … Continue reading

Catch Me If You Can: Independent Designers’ Fight Against Copycat Fast Fashion
legal / US Fashion / US Law

Catch Me If You Can: Independent Designers’ Fight Against Copycat Fast Fashion

  One of the most common stories we hear about fast fashion brands and intellectual property has to do with copying luxury brands. We have heard the detrimental effect copying has on the luxury brand’s reputation and bottom line, along with the collateral effect on its employees. Lately, a new story has sprung. It seems … Continue reading