Some say the better the gambler, the worse the man
I was in beautiful Monaco a few weeks ago. The state, roughly with the size comparable to Central Park in New York City, is surrounded by Member States of the EU such as France and Italy. Yet, it is not part of the union.
An interesting thing to know about Monaco is the state´s beneficial tax system. The state removed income taxes back in 1869, and are known for having exceptionally low tax Continue Reading
Je Suis Charlie, lack of distinctiveness and the freedom of expression
“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”
Those were the words of the british writer Evelyn Beatrice Hall, although often wrongly connected with the french writer Voltaire, illustrating the signification of the fundamental right more commonly known as the freedom of expression. A sentence whose meaning, for many people, tragically was transformed into another combination of words earlier this year, namely Je Suis Charlie. Continue Reading
A case about appeals, red soles and trademarks
As the title may revealed – this post is about shoes. Christian Louboutin is the french luxury shoe designer who have attached the brand on the world fashion map through his high- heeled shoes with contrasting soles in a certain color of clear red.
Christian Louboutin has a valid US trademark concerning the red soles of the shoes, which many people, at least in the business of fashion, associates with the designer. The legal limits of this trademark was tested 2012 in a litigation in New York between
LOCATION: LOS ANGELES
A wind of change in the music industry
“Right now, I feel free. Free from… Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke´s chains and what they tried to keep on us and the lies that were told.”
These were reportedly the words from Marvin Gaye´s daughter Nona Gaye after the Blurred Lines verdict in Los Angeles, awarding her & the other Gaye heirs 7.4 million dollars. The lawsuit was filed two years ago Continue Reading
Keeping it clean – from the cocoon to the butterfly
The case of today is an unpleasant but ongoing story from 24th of June 2015 about the french fashion house Hermés concerning the four levels of the fashion industry;
◊ The raw material – Crocodile & alligator skins.
◊ The production – Not in line with the ethics of PETA & allegedly criminal.
“Compromises are made for relationships, not for wine” – Sir Robert Scott Caywood
For those interested in fashion, here is a first case that illustrates the issues concerning trademark infringements in an accessible way. Kenzo, the french fashion house founded in 1970 by the japanese- born designer Kenzo Takada, filed a lawsuit against the owner of a winery back in 2013. The cause was an alleged trademark infringement on the luxury fashion house´s brand. Continue Reading
Some words about WIPO & why thefashionlegal.com
If one misuse it, the law will appear as a restriction. If one use it right, it might be your golden key to success.
The fashion- & entertainment businesses are multi billion dollar industries where the competition could break even the toughest- minded. Since many creators, artists and high fashion retailers are truly reliant on their trademarks, creations & designs, the function of intellectual property protection is for many actors of utmost importance. Continue Reading
LOCATION: AT HOME
An initial story about you
Picture the following scenario. You are an innovator. A designer, a music maker, a visionary. A master of turning a fuzzy dream into reality. Today, you are in your studio, like so many times before.
After countless of hours, highs and lows you have now reached the point where you realize that the tiny little bird your idéa once was, now has become an eagle. Ready to spread its wings, rise from the nest and meet the curious eyes of the world. Continue Reading