Chanel May Have Just Won a Battle for the Chanel Instagram Account

Submitted by editor on Mon, 12/03/2018 - 11:34

THE FASHION LAW EXCLUSIVE - On the heels of the lawsuit it won against Chanel Jones, a Merrillville, Indiana salon owner, who was using her first name in connection with her business, it seems Chanel may have decided to take on another similarly-named individual. This time the hypothetical battle was on Instagram, though, and not in a courtroom. The account at issue: @Chanel, which did not belong the Karl Lagerfeld-helmed house, but instead, to a 20-year old girl from Vancouver, Canada named Chanel Bonin.

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Intellectual Property is an Enormous Asset in the Fashion Industry

Submitted by editor on Mon, 12/03/2018 - 11:29

The purchase of a designer handbag is satisfying, despite being among the most expensive items on the shopping lists of many women. High fashion goods are a billion-dollar market, and this is the reason why fashion houses value their brand equity. It is due to this brand recognition and equity that the fashion houses develop a bond with their customers. As such, considerable resources are invested in protecting the names and brands through trademark registrations.
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Innovation, Technology and the Future of Legal Services

Submitted by editor on Mon, 05/03/2018 - 10:41

The legal profession has always been identified as being traditional, unsusceptible to change, and guided by precedent as opposed to innovation. However, despite the fact that in comparison to other industries legal innovation has lagged behind, the scope, pace and reach of innovation and technology in the legal industry has, over the last years made significant strides.

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OfficeMax Rubber Band Ball Brand Symbol

Submitted by editor on Mon, 05/03/2018 - 10:27

OfficeMax has been sporting its friendly and colorful rubber band ball brand signal on billboard advertising and delivery trucks for some time, but yesterday is the first time I’ve noticed prominent static use of the bouncy rubber band ball as a non-verbal logo on storefront signage positioned next to the OfficeMax brand name.

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Patents and the Fourth Industrial Revolution. What Indications for the Future on the Basis of Patent Activity?

Submitted by editor on Mon, 05/03/2018 - 10:04

The EPO published in December 2017 a report titled, “Patents and the Fourth Industrial Revolution” (available here). The report looks into the new era of technological development, characterised by digitalisation and the storage and management of big data, what has been called the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), or Industry 4.0. The goal of the report is to provide a first cartography of this dynamic technological field on the basis of patent activity (based on data available until 2016).

The Fourth Industrial Revolution

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Sweet! (or not?): Cookie-Shaped Cushions Without Trade Mark Owner's Permission

Submitted by editor on Mon, 05/03/2018 - 09:51

Are you familiar with cookies like Pan di Stelle, Galletti, Abbracci, or Ringo? If you are Italian or have lived in Italy you surely are, but also if your favourite supermarket stores Italian products it is most likely that you have tried these extremely popular sweet products once … or many times.

While reading the blog of specialist IP law firm Martini Manna, I learned about a ‘yummy’ case concerning indeed the aforementioned cookies and … cushions shaped like them!

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Many Options to Protect Your Fashion Design, But No One-Stop Shop

Submitted by editor on Thu, 01/03/2018 - 09:38
https://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/spring-2017-ready-to-wear/chloe

This article was co-authored with Joshua Rudawitz, an associate in the Intellectual Property Department at Nutter.

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ParisTribunal supports heir's claim to looted painting

Submitted by editor on Mon, 19/06/2017 - 10:47

An heir claims ownership over his ancestor's painting seventy-years and six months after the death of his ancestor... and the Paris Tribunal seems likely to grant his request. How is it possible? Elementary, my dear Watson.
The legal ownership of artworks spans across a number of legal fields, going beyond intellectual property rights in some cases. As a result, more than one kind of ownership is vested in works of art. Ownership may be conferred by copyright in the graphic representation embodied by the painting, and by (traditional) property law over the painting itself. Unlike copyright-ownership, property-ownership knows no time-limit. As confirmed by a recent decision of the Paris Tribunal, property-ownership may be passed down from one generation to the next without losing its legal force. Old titles may thus come back to haunt collectors, galleries and museums who exhibit works that are otherwise cleared by copyright.

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A $10 Billion Idea, without a Patent, is just an Idea

Submitted by editor on Mon, 19/06/2017 - 10:40

Have you ever seen an ad for something and thought to yourself, “Hey, I had that idea years ago!” Some people take that thought a step further. One Florida man claims to have invented the iPhone in 1992, and is suing Apple to the tune of over $10 billion.
Thomas Ross filed a patent application for an “Electronic Reading Device” having a backlit LCD screen in 1992. Below are some images from Ross’s original filing, as presented in his Complaint against Apple.

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Lawsuit Involving IP Protection for a Lamp

Submitted by editor on Mon, 19/06/2017 - 10:31
https://ilovetorpigna.it/2016/06/02/lettera-aperta-ai-candidati-le-idee-si-condividono-non-si-rubano/

Last week a federal lawsuit was filed in Minnesota by Blu Dot to protect alleged intellectual property rights in the floor lamp shown on the left below. The accused “strikingly and confusingly similar” floor lamp shown on the right below is sold by Canadian Rove Concepts:
So, what type of intellectual property do you suppose is being asserted here?

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