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UC Hastings Fashion Law Symposium

Posted in The Business of Fashion

Hi everyone!  I want to invite all my Northern California fashion law friends and enthusiasts to join me on Friday, February 28, 2014 from 9am to 7:30pm at UC Hastings’ first ever Fashion Law Symposium, entitled “Growth in the Fashion Industry: A New Approach to Protection?” Organized by Ashli Weiss and her team from UC… Continue Reading

A response to Bloomberg Law’s Interveiw of Professor Scafidi: IDPPPA is better called the Destruciton of Affordable Fashion Act

Posted in The Business of Fashion

I said it before and in response to Bloomberg Law’s interview of Professor Susan Scafidi [Video] I will say it AGAIN: IDPPPA will not prevent improper litigation.  Period. Any argument that the "Heighten Pleading Standard" will prevent improper suits i.e. suits based on a designer’s belief that their design is unique or original, is just nonsense, or… Continue Reading

Christian Louboutin (Rightfully) Loses Battle Against YSL

Posted in The Business of Fashion

My esteemed Fashion Law Colleague, Susan Scafidi, and I were both featured on CBS’s the Early Show commenting on U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero’s denial of Christian Louboutin’s request for a Preliminary Injunction to stop Yves Saint Laurent  from selling red shoes, claiming YSL’s shoes infringe on Louboutin’s trademarked red sole. As seems to be our… Continue Reading

Mean Girls: Knock Off Picking On Forever 21

Posted in The Business of Fashion

Why is it that success makes others so jealous?   Working late, a google alert brought my attention to a Businessweek story on Forever 21’s historic opening on Fifth Avenue.  The story was snarky and writer’s apparent disgust of the chain’s success a surprising contrast to the quality articles published by Businessweek. The most shocking quote… Continue Reading

An Open Letter to The Fordham Fashion Law Institute

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Dear Susan: As a fellow fashion lawyer, I applaud what you are doing at Fordham University with the Fashion Law Institute, despite your unfortunate "pink and lavender" comments to New York Magazine, and agree that the fashion industry desperately needs fashion lawyers who have industry insight and knowledge. I have to say, though, that the comments published… Continue Reading

BREAKING NEWS: New Design Piracy Bill Introduced into Senate

Posted in Design Piracy Prohibition Act (DPPA)

Well, we knew it was coming.  Today, Senator Charles Schumer introduced the Innovative Design Protection and Piracy Prevention Act, or Senate Bill S. 3728 (IDPPPA). While it seems that NY academics, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) have signed off on this bill, I cannot find any indication that… Continue Reading

Fashionable Friday: Recommended Reading

Posted in The Business of Fashion

Here’s what I am reading this week: It’s how you wear them that counts, not the label [Taipei Times] (from the archives, but still relevant) Diesel Launches a Dance-tastic Interactive Fashion Video [All The Rage] (I LOVE the dresses) Do You Need to be a Bitch in the Fashion Industry to Succeed? [Nicky’s Rag Tales] (Personally,… Continue Reading

Trade Dress: Alexander McQueen v. Steve Madden

Posted in Fashion Intellectual Property

In a recent blog post, law professor, lawyer, and fashion blogger Susan Scafidi discusses the recent lawsuit filed by Alexander McQueen against Steve Madden. In her post, Susan writes: U.S. law doesn’t protect clothing designs against copying. Hence Steve Madden’s apparent business strategy: copy everything from sole to shoelace, but avoid the legally secured trademark…While… Continue Reading