Style

Legal Risks of Using Style Names

It is common practice for fashion, beauty and design industries generally to use style names to differentiate between their products and lines – think of iconic Hermes’ ‘Birkin’ and ‘Kelly’ bags –  which is far more convenient and customer-friendly than applying numerical codes to the products. These creative industries are very fast-moving, with numerous new…

Fashion

The only requirement for copyright protection of fashion designs in the EU is their originality

In 2013 in Portugal G-Star Raw brought a copyright infringement claim against a clothing company called Cofemel in relation to their signature designs of jeans, t-shirts and sweatshirts. G-Star Raw stated that their fashion designs were protected by copyright as they were the designer’s own intellectual creations (which is the harmonised standard of originality requirement…

GDPR

GDPR begins to bite

It has been a little over a year since the General Data Protection Regulations came into force, imposing extensive privacy and data protection requirements and raising penalties for non-compliance to a maximum of 4% of annual worldwide turnover or €20 million, whichever is greater. It has been quiet for a while since the introduction of…