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The Impact of New Brexit Policies on the Luxury Sector

By Clara Chasles

After five years of turbulent negotiations, the U.K and the European Union have now finalized a trade agreement, however uncertainty remains within th...

Fashion lawyers talk renaissance

Lawyers from fashion brands will discuss the latest trends and challenges for the sector after a disruptive year.

Examining bad faith applications under the amended Trademark Law in China: Are the amendments living up to their expectations?

Hank Leung, Dawn Hui and Ivy Dai, Bird & Bird, examine compare resultant change with the predicted effects of the long-awaited Trademark Law amendmen...

UK and EU Intellectual Property Offices take a different stance on repute post-Brexit break up

HGF Senior Trade Mark Attorney Lauren Somers examines the disconnect between UK and EU positions on repute as the divorce deadlines nears.

Brand protection against unauthorised designer face coverings in the UK and EU

Eloise Preston, Managing Associate in the Intellectual Property department at Mishcon de Reya, takes a look at how existing laws function together to...

'Sneakerhead' Lawyers publish first comprehensive guide to US Footwear Law

Former YEEZY and Complex lawyers publish first textbook about the $90bn sneaker biz.

In The Spotlight: Miranda Lam and Lara Nathans, McCarthy Tétrault

In a difficult year for the luxury sector, Dr David Cowan talks to the Luxury Law Summit's Best New Luxury Law Firm award winners McCarthy Tétrault pa...

Spotlight on: Miriam Farhi, Perkins Coie

Miriam Farhi is a partner in law firm Perkins Coie’s Technology Transactions & Privacy practice, where she focuses on advising retail, luxury, and tec...

Pandemic brings brand integrity into focus for luxury firms 

Socially responsible products in all forms are more critical than ever to a consumer brand's core offerings, one of the hot topics at the first virtua...

Luxury resale leads the way for growth

The pandemic has escalated the luxury resale marketplace, but unless there's a relationship between brand and reseller, counterfeits will remain a pro...

Brands Revamped – The Migration to the Virtual World

Businesses must re-evaluate the sustainability of their brand offerings and reinvent the way they communicate with customers, say Lorraine Tay, Gene K...

COVID-19 and the impact on Trade Marks

Challenging brand abuse will help control space online, says Claire Jones of HGF.

Contractual issues and COVID 19 – a retailer’s ‘new norm’

Retailers need to initiate a risk management strategy as the pandemic looks set to continue disrupting business for the forseeable future. Michelle Da...

UK insolvency legislation could benefit luxury companies

Companies within the luxury sector can use the reforms enacted by the new UK Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 to their best advantage say...

How would the US deal with Ferrari vs Plein?

An Italian court has sided with Ferrari against an Instagram influencer using Ferrari’s Marks for commercial promotion but, asks Milton Springut, wha...

Protection for designs in UK post Brexit

What happens to EU design rights when the UK leaves the EU after Brexit? Sarah Wright, CMS Cameron McKenna IP lawyers Alex Vowinckel, and Parisa Ghate...

The legal position on electronically executing documents

By Christopher Robinson

Electronically executing documents in the UK is permissible but pose a number of problems elsewhere, says HGF senior IP lawyer Chris Robinson.

Ritter Sport chocolate wins square shape battle

German chocolate maker Ritter Sport has won the right to produce its unique square chocolate, fending off a series of challenges by Milka. 

Luxury trademark ‘Damier Azur' gets a reprieve

Elsa Lavaud of Bird & Bird reports on a breakthrough for the luxury trademark ‘Damier Azur’, but says the battle is not yet won

Brands Revamped – The Migration to the Virtual World 

Weathering the COVID-19 storm means brands must re-evaluate the sustainability of their brand offerings and reinvent their communications with custome...

Luxury Don’t Fail Us Now

By Christopher Lacy

Luxury brands are making belated moves to support Black Lives Matter but forgetting the crux of the matter - the spending power of the 'cool' Black ma...

BeoBia launches insect eco-food pod

BeoBia is launching its insect home farm on Kickstarter today as its founder seeks to create an eco-friendly protein food which will contribute toward...

Google changes policy on organic search

Simon Baggs and Mike Sweeney of Incopro welcome changes to Google's steps to remove counterfeit products from its organic search pages but argue it do...

Better conditions for retail tenants in Germany

Retail tenants in Germany should soon have much better conditions regarding protection of their long-term rental agreements, says DLA Piper Frankfurt...

Luxury Law Summit Europe goes virtual

The Luxury Law Summit Europe has gone virtual attracting interest from luxury companies across the world as the sector looks for solutions in the afte...

Testing times for business: Re-opening retail stores and employee testing

With the United Kingdom beginning to open up for business, Emma Burnett and Michael Joffe of CMS-CMNO discuss the key issues facing retail companies i...

Burlington arcade wins trade mark battle

Luxury brand owners need to take note of a trade mark dispute between London's Burlington shopping arcade and a German sock retailer, says Marks & Cle...

Changing the landscape of online platform-vendor relations

Retailers selling products online will have more rights when a new European regulation comes into force on 12 July with P2B aimed at increasing transp...

Farfetch at the heart of the luxury ecosystem

Post-coronavirus, the future of luxury is online and Farfetch is at the hub of this emerging luxury ecosystem says Pamela N Danziger, President, Unity...

Navigating the 'New Normal' of brand protection

In challenging times, IP protection & enforcement is an invaluable necessity, say Ashly Sands and Kerry B. Brownlee of New York law firm Epstein Dran...

Puig buys majority stake in Charlotte Tilbury in billion dollar deal

The transaction will see founder Charlotte Tilbury rollover a significant minority stake to remain with the company.

IP firm Rouse appoints Macallan Distiller director as chair 

The firm is in expansion mode as it builds up its consultancy, legal and portfolio services.

Assessing supply chain risks

How will supply chain and distribution route disruption affect IP managers, asks Tim Smith of Rouse Consultancy?

The new "normal" - transparency and flexibility in luxury commercial contracts 

With current events creating different commercial needs, luxury brands are having to be nimble when assessing risks and obligations. RPC's Ciara Culle...

Embrace your digital

Higher margins and lower volumes mean luxury brands are better poised to weather the storm caused by the pandemic than their high street counterparts,...

Trademark Registry fraud surges on Amazon

Trademark owners need to ensure their marks are federally registered, says Milton Springut, otherwise they may be in for a nasty surprise when selling...

Luxury brands and the true advantage of design patents 

With Israel's luxury marketplace growing fast, AYR lawyers Assaf Lapid and Rachel Zilberfarb-Schreiber discuss how the country's flexible design paten...

Consumer Protection: UK grants CMA online enforcement order powers 

Potential new powers mark a significant step up in the enforcement abilities of the UK Competitions and Markets Authority in an area which has been no...

Amazon's stocking of infringing goods in the EEA does not constitute trade mark infringement

Trade mark law is not the appropriate legal avenue to hold intermediaries liable, Lotte Rutgers of Leeway concludes in the aftermath of the CJEU's rul...

Why luxury brand legal teams need to guard against ransomware

As another law firm falls victim to hackers, DLA Piper lawyers David Cook and John Gollaglee share their insights into the growing problem of ransomwa...

Brand Protection in the Age of COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis has accelerated the growth of online shopping and sales. But, says Milton Springut, this leads to increased counterfeiting with an...

New York A-List law firm faces $42 million ransom demand from cyber criminals

A leading entertainment and media law firm is facing a demand for $42 million ransom demand after cyber criminals hacked into its systems. 

Manufacturing output will take at least 12 months to recover to 2019 levels

Automotive and textile manufacturers are predicted to be amongst the earliest sectors to recover from the COVID 19 pandemic, according to a new report...

Luxury Futures: Technology will be a key driver in post-pandemic recovery, experts predict

Luxury law experts Carole Osborne of Bryan Cave Leighton Paiser and HGF's Antony Gold share their views on luxury trends post-pandemic.  

French court warns Amazon over warehouse Covid 19 health and safety

Amazon has had to temporarily close its fulfilment centres in France following a court hearing in Versailles

Chanel decision teaches strategy and limits to controlling reseller’s use of brand’s marks

A New York federal court decision has mixed messages for those seeking to protect their brands. Milton Springut of Springut Law dissects the findings.

Victoria’s Secret sues Sycamore Partners over deal termination

In one of the early pandemic lawsuits, the lingerie retailer is going into battle with a private equity firm over an agreement to invest in the compan...

3M sues over mask 'illegal price-gouging' claims

In one of the first major trademark lawsuits over the COVID-19 pandemic, the company is taking action with proceeds going to related nonprofit organis...

Empowering Personal Data For Exponential Economic Growth

Post pandemic, the rapid evolution of the personal data economy will have huge implications for the luxury industry, according to Milton Pedraza, Luxu...

Challenges of switching to new product lines – contractual, legal and technical considerations

With many companies adapting their plans to new products in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, a number of challenges can arise, warns Elizabeth...

Slaughter and May advise ASOS on £247 million fundraising

ASOS has turned to shareholders to raise funds in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Amazon not liable for storage of counterfeit goods, CJEU rules

The online retailer was sued by Coty which claimed Amazon had violated its EU trademark rights by stocking Coty's Davidoff perfume for third-party sel...

Campari in talks to acquire French drinks distributor

Allen & Overy and Gide are heading up negotiations for the companies as Campari continues on the acquisition trail.

Blockchain and how it is impacting patents

By Barry Lewin

Blockchain technology is having a major impact has on the world of patents with patent-related opportunities arising as a consequence, says Barry Lew...

Who should be identified as an inventor on a patent application?

By Jason Wachter

The inventor must be named on a patent to ensure it is not invalidated.