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Brexit is not the only show in town: New Luxury, The Masterclass comes to London

Away from the all-consuming political circus dominating London, luxury leaders and their advisors are flocking to the UK capital for all things luxury...

Luxury Business in Canada: developments in international trade, tech, influencers and cannabis

By Carmen Francis,Lara Nathans

McCarthy Tétrault LLP recently hosted its Retail and Consumer Markets Summit, an annual gathering of retail and consumer goods businesses. Carmen Fran...

Luxury E-Commerce and the Path to Profitability

By Tracy Bacigalupo,Elnaz Zarrini

Tracy Bacigalupo and Elnaz Zarrini of Morrison & Foerster explore how seismic changes in advanced technology over the past few years have disrupted tr...

Doing Business in California: Potential Risks and Pitfalls

By Teresa Michaud,Anne Kelts

Teresa Michaud and Anne Kelts of Baker McKenzie summarize a few key trends in consumer protection law that luxury retailers should consider when doing...

Q&A: Kevin Mutch, IP Consultant

By Jodi Bartle

Kevin Mutch, former Group Legal Director at fine jewellery brand Faberge, ex-croupier, Harley Davidson enthusiast and currently IP consultant, tells u...

Q&A: Lesley Horton Campbell, Tiffany & Co

By Jodi Bartle

New York-based Lesley Horton Campbell has been Associate General Counsel for Global Real Estate & Store Development at Tiffany & Co since 2013. She ta...

Luxury fashion empire Kering facing 1.4b euro tax claim

By Jodi Bartle

French luxury goods company Kering is facing an Italian claim for 1.4 billion euros in unpaid taxes in a probe largely centred on Gucci, the company’s...

Luxury British handbag label Anya Hindmarch up for sale

By Jodi Bartle

British luxury handbag company Anya Hindmarch has been put up for sale amid widening losses by parent company Mayhoola for Investments, the Qatari roy...

Ted Baker’s CEO resigns over forced hugging allegations

By Jodi Bartle

Enigmatic founder, CEO and director of Ted Baker, Ray Kelvin, has quit after allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards employees at the high stre...

Rules on cross-border transfer of personal data and its impact on luxury brands in Indonesia

By Justisiari Kusuah,Danny Kobrata

Justisiari P. Kusumah and Danny Kobrata of K&K Advocates look at the regulations that affect the collection and use of data by luxury brands operating...

M&A’s in Luxury Fashion - what’s ‘In Season’?

By Tracy Bacigalupo,Elnaz Zarrini

As consumer preferences change, the luxury fashion industry is seeking to stay ahead of the curve, in large part through mergers and acquisition activ...

How counterfeit goods are destroying brand reputation

By Tosshan Ramgolam

Tosshan Ramgolam, Brand Advisor at Incopro takes a look at the impact counterfeit goods are having on consumer behaviour and why effective brand prote...

Lessons from the ground-breaking first enforcement action under GDPR

By Sehaj Lamba

​​​​​​​Sehaj Lamba of Mackrell Turner Garrett explains how the the UK’s data protection regulator (the ICO) issued its first formal enforcement notice...

#AD-DRESSED - The Rules of Influence

By Josh Jaskiewicz,Tahir Basheer

Tahir Basheer and Josh Jaskiewicz of Sheridans look at the recently published Competition & Markets Authority investigation into online brand endorsem...

Q&A: Natalie Da Gama-Rose, The Lane Crawford Joyce Group

By Jodi Bartle

Jodi Bartle talks to Natalie Da Gama-Rose, general counsel for Asia’s premier fashion retail, brand management and distribution company.

Q&A: Holly Sage, Farfetch

By Jodi Bartle

Holly Sage, Head of Legal (Corporate/Commercial) discusses the strong company culture at Farfetch, the recent IPO and the company’s initiatives that k...

Nirvana sue Marc Jacobs over alleged smiley face logo copyright breach

By Jodi Bartle

US fashion brand Marc Jacob’s recent Redux Grunge collection features several items that closely resemble the Seattle band’s iconic black-and-yellow i...

Fashion brand Guess fined $45 million for blocking e-commerce in the EU

By Jodi Bartle

European Union antitrust regulators fined US label Guess 40 million euros for illegally blocking cross-border sales in Europe as part of a crackdown a...

Wholesaler Costco loses bid for new trial in luxury jeweller Tiffany & Co trademark lawsuit

By Jodi Bartle

In a six-year long case, retailer Costco has lost a bid to reverse or reduce a US$19.4 million judgement against it in a lawsuit filed by Tiffany & Co...

Generic trademarks: a headache or a blessing? 

By Diana Muller

Diana Muller of Gottlieb, Rackman & Reisman, P.C. looks at the importance of policing trademark usage, particularly when a brand name has evolved to b...

In The Press

A round-up of the latest luxury business news.

What retailers should keep in mind during the 2018 holiday shopping season

By Meryl Bernstein,Sahira Khwaja

The holiday season is the most wonderful – and the busiest – time of year for retailers. With the holiday season now in full swing, Meryl Bernstein an...

New York Luxury Law Summit Q&A: Ruthie Davis

Ruthie Davis, high-fashion and footwear designer, CFDA member, AAFA’s 2014 Designer of the Year and president of her own label, spoke at New York’s Lu...

New York Luxury Law Summit Q&A: Pamela Church

Pamela Church, Chair of Baker McKenzie’s North American Intellectual Property Practice and sub-committee member of the firm’s Luxury & Fashion Industr...

New York Luxury Law Summit Q&A: Douglas Hand

Douglas Hand, founding member of the law firm Hand Baldachin Amburgey LLP (HBA) and one of the few fashion lawyers in the United States, sat alongside...

New York Luxury Law Summit Q&A: Simon Spurr

Simon Spurr - British fashion designer and current creative director of Eidos, the younger cousin of ltalian luxury label Isaia - took part in the pan...

French authorities in social media tax evasion crackdown

By Jodi Bartle

French financial authorities will turn to social media in a bid to identify individuals who engage in tax avoidance practices as early as 2019, accord...

Chanel sues TheRealReal for selling counterfeit handbags

By Jodi Bartle

Luxury brand Chanel is claiming e-commerce platform The RealReal sells counterfeit hand-bags that the website had advertised as genuine and authentic...

L’Oreal takes Drunk Elephant to court in a bid to shut down ‘dupes’

By Jodi Bartle

Beauty giant L’Oreal, owner of the SkinCeuticals brand, is suing newcomer Drunk Elephant in an alleged patent infringement.

Smart wearables and athleisure: the legal challenges

By Subhash Bhutoria, Shrita Suri

Smart shirts, wearable technology and intelligent fabrics have changed the fashion and sportswear business and both the knowns and nobodies are keen t...

EU Commission provides guidance on new Geo-Blocking Regulation

By Nils Rauer

Dr. Nils Rauer, Partner at Hogan Lovells, on the European Commission’s plans to tackle geo-blocking.

Seeking an injunction has the power to blitz a ‘Brand’.

Becoming more than a figment in the imagination of others.

‘Love in the Bin’ does not amount to a broken heart

‘Caveat emptor’ has broken new legal boundaries

Scandal cost computations that uniquely impact luxury brands

Recent research from the Kellogg School of Management indicates that witnessing a moral violation can - and does - change people’s product choices. Th...

Luxury Law Alliance Member’s Q&A: Quentin Bargate, Bargate Murray

By Jodi Bartle

Fresh from attending 2018’s Monaco Yacht Show, the senior and founding partner of Bargate Murray discusses the issues facing the yachting industry....

Profile: Peter Coveney, General Counsel at Godiva

By Jodi Bartle

Peter Coveney talks to Jodi Bartle about supporting growth and overseeing legal and compliance for this international luxury chocolatier.  

North Korea buys luxury goods from China to the tune of $640m in 2017

By Jodi Bartle

North Korea imported at least $640m worth of luxury goods from China in defiance of UN sanctions, a South Korean opposition lawmaker Yoon Sang-hyun ha...

Seventies favourite Halston sues Calvin Klein for ripping off its designs in a new LA suit

By Jodi Bartle

Halston is suing Calvin Klein for copying its dresses and passing them off as authentic. The LA-based fashion brand is known for disco-era slinky desi...

California Consumer Privacy Act: The Challenge Ahead

The Act, which was fast-tracked, has raised considerable issues for companies. Harriet Pearson, Edith Ramirez and Britanie Hall of Hogan Lovells shed...

Alfred Dunhill wins landmark victory in China

Alfred Dunhill has won a major victory in a long-running trademark battle in China, the latest success in parent company Richemont’s global brand prot...

The Indonesian Supreme Court reaffirms the “First to File” system and the existence of well-known trademarks

Justisiari P Kusumah and Elsiana Inda PM of K&K Advocates explain how Indonesian trademark law favours first registered and well-known trademark owner...

Profile: Greer McMullen, general counsel at Coty

By Jodi Bartle

Greer McMullen is responsible for overseeing Coty’s legal affairs worldwide. He talks to Jodi Bartle about building an appropriate legal function for...

Trademark issues among ‘Youngtimers’: Ferrari and Testarossa

By Ben Natter,Jessica Sblendorio

Ben Natter and Jessica Sblendorio of Haug Partners LLP highlight the importance of maintaining historic unused trademark rights.

Luxury Law Alliance Member’s Q&A: Subhash Bhutoria, Krida Legal

Indian law firm Krida Legal is a boutique firm with expertise in sports, gaming, art and fashion law. The intellectual property rights, art & luxury l...

Sustainable fashion in India

By Shrita Suri

Saachi Bahl, a sustainable fashion consultant and Shrita Suri, a fashion lawyer at Krida Legal, provide an insight into the opportunities and challeng...

How would a no deal Brexit affect brands?

By Sally Britton,Nina O'Sullivan

With the chances of achieving a Brexit deal looking more perilous as time passes, the UK Government has been issuing a series of Notices setting out t...

#MeToo #WhyIDidn’tReport #WhatNext?

By Beth Hale

As #MeToo is followed by #WhyIDidn’tReport, it is clear that the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace is not going to disappear from the headli...

CFDA launches Fashion Trust

The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) has launched the CFDA Fashion Trust, a new charitable initiative that provides business support to...

LA moves to ban the sale of luxury favourite fur

Los Angeles City Council is taking steps to become the largest US city to ban the sale of new fur products, after unanimously agreeing to prohibit the...

All American brand Michael Kors snaps up Versace

In what is one of the biggest luxury deals of the year, Michael Kors has bought Versace.

Orla Kiely shops cease trading

The fashion designer's shops went into administration on Monday and 55 staff have been made redundant.

3D metal printers AddUp acquires a majority stake in Poly-Shape

French law firm Gide advised on AddUp's deal acquiring the majority of 3D printer Poly-Shape.

Tax win in the offing for Brazil's retail businesses

By Mattos Filho

The fashion retail industry's questions over PIS/COFINS credits could finally be solved, a white paper by Brazilian law firm Matthos argues.

The world of art recovery

General counsel James Ratcliffe is custodian of the Art Loss Register, the largest of its kind in the world, numbering over half a million items of l...

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...

In the spotlight: Holland and Holland

The luxury British gunmakers have been in the business for over 180 years and are still innovating - with their eye on a younger clientele. Managing d...

Bologna Fiere acquires shares in Health & Beauty publishers

An Italian trade fair organiser has invested in a German health and beauty publishing firm.

The sweet smell of PLAY-DOH Is now a trademark

By Jeffrey Kaden

How did Hasbro successfully register a scent as a trademark? Jeffrey Kaden of Gottlieb, Rackman & Reisman analyses the application.

Climate change impacts the Indian fashion industry

By Subhash Bhutoria

Several luxury brands depend on Indian textile firms for fabrics, printing and production. However, climate change international obligations could di...

Indonesia strengthens trademark law

By Justisiari Kusuah

Indonesia has introduced a new regulation to deal with the registration of well-known trademarks. Justisiari P Kusumah and Siti Mariam Nabila of K&K A...

Louis Vuitton caught up in Greek tax crackdown

The Greek authorities have conducted a raid on the Greek island of Mykonos.

Nike faces class action over sex discrimination claims

The retailer has become embroiled in a class action lawsuit over a range of claims including being 'devalued and demeaned' by the company.

Luxury sector launches roadmap for sustainability

A roadmap was launched in mid August by fifteen luxury companies including Kering, Harvey Nichols, Chanel and Louis Vuitton to address sustainability...

The Interview: Catherine Palmer

Catherine Palmer, general counsel of luxury fashion brand and retailer Joseph, has a number of strings to her bow. Not only is she a member of the boa...

Cardshark files lawsuit over Gucci iPhone case

The luxury company is facing allegations of patent design infringement.

Ireland clamps down on photoshopped image

The Irish advertising regulatory body has made its first finding over the new photoshop disclosure requirement against a blogger.

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.

Inside: New Luxury 2018

A masterclass on how to grow a luxury business provided stepping stones for 75 new companies starting out in the sector with lessons from a group of c...

Inside: The Luxury Law Summit 2018

Leaders in luxury gathered in London to discuss the world of heritage and emerging brands at the 2018 Luxury Law Summit.

Trademark Law as a Strategy for Protection of Distinctive Signs

By Maíra Schweling Scala

Brazil's courtroom battle over jeans must be noted by apparel manufacturers, says IP and technology lawyer Maíra Schweling Scala of Mattos Filho.

How GDPR impacts luxury brands

By Suzi Sendama

Data protection rules across Europe have changed forever, following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on 25th May. Suz...

Virtual Reality Throws Up New IP Challenges in the Real World

By Jonathan Purow

Virtual reality is creating novel IP issues in the real world, says IP lawyer Jonathan Purow of New York law firm Gottlieb, Rackman and Reisman.

Social Media, Apps, and Patent Eligibility

By Jason Wachter

Social media companies need to think about filing for patent protection, says Jason Wachter of GR&R.

US Customs take action against buyers of counterfeit goods

By Marc Misthal

Buying counterfeit goods online may preclude you from trusted traveller programmes, says Marc Misthal.

Is there Plagiarism of Lipstick Art in Brazil?

Maíra Schweling Scala and Isabela Fernandes Pereira of Mattos Filho discuss the implications of a recent lawsuit by the editor-in-chief of lips at cos...

Scent presents a new opportunity for IP registration

A possibility that scents could be trade marked opens up a number of possiblities for companies, says Céline Bondard of Cabinet Bondard.

In the name of luxury

By Bernardine Adkins

The recent landmark Coty judgment allows luxury brands to restrict the use of online e-commerce platforms to protect the prestige of their brand. Bern...

Supplier liability of well-known brands acquired abroad

By Fabio Ozi,Ligia Lima Godoy

Brazilian consumer law now gives protection to consumers when they buy a product abroad, says Fabio Ozi and Ligia Lima Godoy of Mattos Filho.

The Chinese art and antique market in Britain: challenges and opportunities

By Lauren Xandra

From authentication to legislation, China’s ascent in art and antiques presents a host of challenges and opportunities for legislative innovation, say...

Office banter is no joke

By Donna Martin

Companies need to take steps to ensure that policies are in place to deal with office banter which goes over the line, says Donna Martin of Mackrell T...

Manufacturers must act over likely UK microbeads ban

Bryan Cave's Nicola Conway has warned manufacturers to prepare for the impending UK ban on microbeads in cosmetics and beauty products.

“Intent to Use” and US Trademark Filing Based on Foreign Registration

By Ben Natter

Vigilance in maintaining records that demonstrate an intent to use the mark in US commerce is key in the face of trademark challengers, says Ben Natte...

Coty and Burberry complete unique licensing deal

Coty has completed its acquisition of the exclusive long-term global license rights for Burberry Beauty luxury fragrances, cosmetics and skincare.

Supreme Court rejects Louis Vuitton trademark lawsuit

A small company selling cheap canvass totes has won a trademark case citing the use of parody as its defence.

France enacts law over retouching of photographs

By Emer Tiernan

France has moved to enact legislation over retouching photographs for commercial purposes.

Managing risk around the gig economy

By Sarah Chilton

The ever-expanding gig economy is coming under the spotlight of government as evidenced by the recent Taylor report in the UK. Luxury businesses must...

New York set to introduce new work shift law

By Emer Tiernan

The city has introduced new labour law legislation which will impact retailers in New York.

The Golden Mile

By Maung Aye

Madrid's famous 'Golden Mile' was the subject of an ECJ hearing over a disputed trademark. Partner Maung Aye of Mackrell Turner discusses the finding...

How to plan a product design strategy for post-Brexit UK

By Ewan Grist

Unregistered design rights will pose a problem for companies following Brexit. But there are solutions, says Ewan Grist of Bird & Bird.

The protection of fashion in the Brazilian luxury industry

By Júlio Regoto ,Felipe Bueno

Protecting exclusive fashion collections from being copied is one of the challenges for luxury brands. Felipe Bueno and Júlio Regoto of law firm Matt...

Matal v. Tam: The death knell of the Lanham Act’s Disparagement Clause and implications for the fashion industry

By Laura Chubb,Joseph Saphia,Ben Natter

Fashion companies may choose more controversial brand names moving forward following the Supreme Court's decision over disparaging names when it paved...

Making up names

By Alison Stein,Brittany Lamb

Fashion and cosmetic companies using songs or movie titles for their products should check out the legality of doing so as the entertainment and makeu...

Benelux: My brand is not there for your political speech

By Guillaume de Villegas de Clercamp,Auriane Schockaert

Brand reputation is one of the most valuable assets businesses own. Trade mark owners will want to avoid undesired political exploitation of their bra...

The Ikea 'Frakta' bag – a novel approach to dealing with look-alike products

By Daisy Dier

Balenciaga has recently launched what is widely being billed as their interpretation of the iconic Ikea 'Frakta' bag. While readers may not instantly...

Sustainability is back

By Kat Higgins

Luxury leaders gathered in London recently to look at the challenges and opportunities in a turbulent world. From building a sustainable company to se...

Why the grey market isn’t a grey issue

Luxury brands dislike the grey market which impacts on their revenue streams as products are sold in different regions for different prices. Helen Sau...

A new lease on leases?

By Mariana Spoto Cobra

You walk in front of Chanel’s display window several times eying the purse. You get something to eat and walk by again. It seems to beckon you as if b...