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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 in the EU). The case was subsequently referred to the CJEU to determine whether Member States should be free to…
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Primark threatened over legal action over ‘fake’ Veja trainers

Primark has been threatened with legal action after producing a ‘copycat’ version of Veja’s popular trainers. This is not the first time that Primark have been threatened by a footwear brand for selling ‘counterfeit’ trainers. Last year, Vans had filed a law suit in the US against Primark for allegedly copying the designs of their two iconic skater trainers. The French label, Veja is a popular choice for fashion bloggers, celebrities and influencers as one…
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A fruity copyright tale

What has copyright got to do with a banana costume? Every now and then an intellectual property story comes along that so grabs your attention that for a brief moment your mind completely forgets about the B word (yes Brexit). Today it was news that the copyright claim made by Rasta Imposta Costumes against Kangaroo Manufacturing has had another airing, this time in the 3rd US Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia. In this court…
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Let’s Keep Watching….

We all know technology is constantly changing and evolving at a rapid speed. Currently, the latest craze is smartwatches (not sure for how long though!). There are a number of ways we can protect Intellectual Property rights in technological products/ advancements. The most obvious being a patent. However, a topical case here is based on Registered Community Design rights for smartwatches. A registered design will give protection to the exterior appearance of a product. Such…
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A Farting Unicorn’s Musky Attraction!

A strange title for an article you might think! But not so strange when you hear about the dispute that has arisen between a relatively un-known (until now) Coloradoan potter – Tom Edwards – and billionaire Tesla CEO and space-travel obsessive – Elon Musk. It all started back in February 2017 when Elon Musk tweeted a picture of a mug featuring one of Tom Edwards’ original designs which depicts a cartoon unicorn farting electricity with…
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Apple secures a new design patent for their Apple Watch

Apple has secured a new design patent from the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) for the Apple Watch to protect its design from being copied. The design patent was first filed with the US Patent and Trademark office in August last year to protect the rectangle with rounded corners design (pictured below). According to three new patent applications, Apple is exploring smart bands that would add new features to the Apple Watch. Collectively, the…
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