Fashion and Intellectual Property

The fashion industry is full of unique legal challenges.

From managing supply chains to the creation of new designs, it’s vital to get the right legal support.

We work closely with fashion brands, designers, distributors and others in the industry. As a specialist intellectual property law firm, we understand how to protect your:

  • Brand identity
  • Creative works
  • Inventions
  • Sensitive information

We have supported many fashion businesses on their journey from a startup to a known brand. We’ve helped fashion icons protect their brand. We’ve enforced the rights of individual designers. Regardless of who you are and how large your business is, you can benefit from our experience in the fashion industry.

Using our knowledge and contacts, we can work with you to enable growth, attract investment or prepare your business for sale.

Read on to learn more. Or, fill out the form opposite to organise a free consultation with a fashion lawyer at Briffa.

“My experience with Briffa has been brilliant. I approached them for some copyright and intellectual property help.

The advice I received from the get-go was superb. Their response time has always been incredible and they have really gone above and beyond to help me with any queries I had, both by phone and email. They really helped me sort out the problem I had with excellent knowledge and efficiency.”

– Anya Angert

How Can We Help?

Our legal services for the fashion industry include:

Trade marks

Your brand is your identity, a sign of quality and usually a major driving force behind a consumer purchase. Trade marks protect aspects of your brand identity, like names, logos and taglines.

We advise on a brand protection strategy for fashion businesses. If required, we’ll help you register trade marks and combat infringement.

Commercial contracts

Agreements are key tools in holding your other parties to account and protecting yourself and your rights.

Whether it’s a freelancer, manufacturing, distribution, consumer sales or wholesale agreement, we offer fixed fees to draft, review and negotiate commercial contracts and documents.


The cost of legal action often prohibits rights owners from being able to enforce their rights. This is especially so for smaller fashion brands, like individual designers and startups.

Ask us about our DesignProtect insurance, which gives you a fighting fund to pursue infringers and protect your designs.


Is the style, shape, surface decoration and pattern of your designs properly protected? Registering designs can help fashion brands to combat infringement and copying, whilst maximising their commercial value.

Briffa advises on both registered and unregistered design rights. We can also advise on a worldwide design protection strategy.


Copyright arises with artistic craftsmanship, as well as design sketches, logos and website layouts. It’s an automatic right under UK law, usually given to the creator or author.

We can advise on how to best protect your creative assets. And we can support you if an individual or company infringes your copyright.

Confidential Information

Inside knowledge of the industry, supply chains and contacts are all valuable information to your fashion business. As are your design processes, business data and internal assets.

We can help you keep your knowledge secret with non-disclosure agreements and confidentiality advice.


Fashion pushes the boundaries of innovation. Perhaps you have an idea for wearable technology or a new fabric. If you want to protect your new invention, a patent may be required.

If so, our expert patent solicitors can advise you on patent protection and guide you through the application process.

Why Choose Briffa?

We’ve provided legal support for the fashion industry since 1995

We offer a free consultation, followed by fixed-fee quotes

We have offices in the UK and the Republic of Ireland, plus a global network of associates

We offer an industry leading service with short turnaround times and business-focused advice

Frequently Asked Questions

What can you help me with?

Fashion law is a broad field. Due to our background and expertise, we specifically focus on any matters relating to intellectual property (IP).

If you would like to protect your IP or if you believe someone is infringing your IP, we can help. Furthermore, we can help your fashion business fully leverages its IP in order to achieve any commercial goals.

Can you help us combat counterfeit products?

Counterfeit products are a major issue in the fashion industry. Legally, they can be a difficult problem to solve as it often requires working across different jurisdictions.

However, we have plenty of experience in this area. We can use our skills, experiences and networks to stop counterfeiting operations in their tracks. We can help you seek compensation, and protect your business from any future IP infringement.

I'm a fashion designer, how can I protect my work?

In the fashion industry, it’s fairly common for designers to take inspiration from the work of others. This is normal, and it happens across any creative pursuit. However, sometimes “taking inspiration” crosses a line into outright copying.

There are several legal routes for fashion designers to protect their work, including trade marks, design protection, and patents. The best route will depend on what you want to protect, your circumstances and your objectives.

To learn more, it’s worth speaking to one of our experienced fashion lawyers. We offer a free initial consultation.

Meet The Team

Spread across offices in London and Europe, meet the specialists on hand to help you.

Book a free consultation with one of our specialist solicitors.

We’ll start with a no obligation chat where we’ll get to know you and understand your current challenges.

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