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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...

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 Ashley Sands and Kerry B. Brownlee of New York law firm Epstein Dra...

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.

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.

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.

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.