1 November 2013Jurisdiction reportsMaría del Pilar López and Esteban Monge

The luxury of fashion law

This increased interest has caused the fashion industry to face challenges that were not common in past decades. Fashion law has become a brand new legal specialty that involves several issues of IP rights—particularly trademark law and copyright law, although it can also include patents and trade secrets. Patent and trade secrets become relevant when the fashion company has developed a new manufacturing process or method. For example, Lululemon® and its design patent on women’s yoga pants waistbands. The Canadian company that made yoga apparel fashionable filed a patent lawsuit in 2012 against Calvin Klein and its supplier G-III Apparel Group for direct and indirect wilful infringement of the company’s yoga pant design patents. The case was brought before the US District Court for the District of Delaware and was voluntarily dismissed a few months later, based on a settlement between the parties.

Already registered?

Login to your account

To request a FREE 2-week trial subscription, please signup.
NOTE - this can take up to 48hrs to be approved.

Two Weeks Free Trial

For multi-user price options, or to check if your company has an existing subscription that we can add you to for FREE, please email Adrian Tapping at atapping@newtonmedia.co.uk

More on this story

19 November 2020   A fashion retailer’s ability to turn catwalk designs into cheap bestsellers is said to cause harm to people, the environment, and the fashion industry itself. Saman Javed looks at some of the latest steps to address this.