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Brexit delivers boost the American shopper spend in the UK

Traditionally, U.S. tourists enjoy shopping when they travel abroad. According to a report by UNWTO, the World Tourism Organization, in 2014 U.S natio...

Recent Developments in Counterfeiting: Howard Hogan

By Howard Hogan

Sales of counterfeiting goods continue to plague companies in the luxury industry and among most consumer brands. According to a 2016 OECD report, wo...

Tynwald to legislate on beneficial ownership in 2017

By Adam Killip

2017 already looks like being a busy year for Tynwald, the Island’s parliament, but one of the most important bills likely to be introduced into the H...

New anti-fraud law lands in the United Arab Emirates

By Melissa Murray ,Shannon Rogers

A new law aimed at combating commercial fraud and the importation of counterfeit goods (Federal Law No. (19) on Combating Commercial Fraud) was issued...

Accessing luxury in the sharing economy: legal issues

By Alan Hunt

With London Fashion Week recently drawing to a close, luxury clothing is at the front of centre of minds. The designer clothing that paraded down the...

Key antitrust enforcement trends in the fashion industry in Europe

By Francesco Carloni ,Alessandro Di Mario

With the growth of the Internet as a distribution channel, the question of what kinds of restrictions companies can include in their distribution agre...

'Care, Collaborate and Create': Kering Group unveils new sustainability strategy

By Kat Higgins

French luxury holding group Kering is stepping up sustainability efforts across its 16 top-tier brands – among them, Gucci, Stella McCartney and Balen...

Chinese shoppers have regained their appetite for luxury brands

By Kat Higgins

China’s luxury goods market is showing signs of growth for the first time since the beginning of President Xi Jinping’s austerity and anti-corruption...

Implications of Brexit for trade mark licensing in the European Union

By Nick Aries

In this bulletin, Bird & Bird IP partner Nick Aries considers what will happen to EU Trade Marks (EUTM) once Britain eventually withdraws from the EU....

‘Instabuy’: the power and pitfalls of instant shopping

High-end fashion brands may get protection from copycats as runway shows move towards 'see now, buy now, says Brand Protection expert Dilpreet Kaur at...

3D printing – a risk or an opportunity for the fashion industry?

The fashion industry need to wake up to the risks as well as the opportunities of 3D printing, say Eddie Powell and Michael Beaber of Fladgate LLP.

Introducing the 2017 Luxury Law Summit...

This year's event in London on 16 May will see luxury founders, CEOs and executives gather in London to discuss challenges and opportunities in a fast...

De Beers claims victory in domain name piracy dispute

By Evie Kanagasooriam

Luxury jeweller De Beers has defeated an individual who registered the domain name debeers.feedback, one of the new Global Top Level Domain name regis...

Brexit heralds a new era of Tax Free Shopping in the UK

Tax Free shopping is growing in the UK, helped by the Brexit vote and the weaker pound - leading to demands for a bespoke service for elite tax-free g...

Vox Pop: Top predictions for luxury law in 2017

By Kat Higgins

What are leading figures in luxury hoping for, expecting from or fearing in 2017? We asked several of our Luxury Law Alliance members to give us their...

Insight: Brazilian anti-money laundering law and Luxury Goods Traders

By Paola Lorca ,Renato Portella

Mattos Filho attorneys Paola Lorca and Renato Portella unpack the implications of Brazil's anti-money laundering legislation for luxury traders in the...

Big data the key to cracking down on counterfeiting, says Alibaba

By Kat Higgins

An innovative joint operation between e-commerce giant Alibaba and Chinese law enforcement agencies last year managed to shut down 417 counterfeit pro...

Maritime Labour Convention introduces new rules on financial security

By Adam Ramlugon

On 18 January 2017, amendments to the Maritime Labour Convention will come into force that introduce a financial security 'safety net' for crew.