Fashion

Selling Counterfeits Online? Think Twice

By Diana Chan | amdlawgroup.com In 2005, LVMH, a conglomerate that owns Louis Vuitton, Céline, Marc Jacobs, Möet & Chandon, Dom Pérignon, and several other luxury brands, brought an action in French court against Google for trademark infringement. Now, after a 10-year legal dispute, LVMH and Google have come to a settlement agreement and have decided to join together to fight the advertising and promotion of counterfeit products. Google sells protected words as keywords to companies

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Rugby to Fashion

Gloria Han | amdlawgroup.com Tommy Bowe, an Ulster and Irish Lions rugby player, started a new gents brand clothing business called XV Kings Tommy Bowe Designs. He first involved himself in the fashion industry through collaboration with Lloyd & Pryce, a shoe brand. After the year of 2011, he has been working hard to develop his skills and knowledge of the fashion industry as a designer. Bowe’s line offers Harrington jackets, puffa jackets, and cashmere sweaters. Rugby star Tommy Bowe adm

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Fashionable Google Glasses

By Gloria Han | amdlawgroup.com An Italian eyewear luxury brand, Luxottica, announced their future partnership with Intel to create fashionable smart eyewear. Luxottica own many well known brands such like Ray-Ban, Oakley and Persol; the company also collaborates with Chanel, Prada, Giorgio Armani, Miu Miu, Tory Burch, and Stella McCartney. Intel and Luxottica plan to develop smart technology for eyewear designed and perceived to be worn in the future. The first smart technological eyewear is e

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Amazon’s Loss to Lush

By Gloria Han | amdlawgroup.com Lush is a beauty brand that produces products from fresh organic fruit and vegetables. Their products such as makeup, soap, and face wash are not animal tested and are made fresh by hand with little or no preservative. Lush brand chose not to sell their products on Amazon but when customers searched “lush” into the search bar, similar beauty products sold by Lush appeared in the results. Before resolving the issue in court, Lush trademarked the name “Chri

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No Major Holiday Discounts for Michael Kors

By Diana Chan | amdlawgroup.com Just when we thought the holiday season could not arrive any sooner, companies have already geared up for holiday shopping. Starbucks has begun promoting its holiday red cup and seasonal flavors, while the Wall Street Journal has set up a “Christmas Sale Tracker” that updates every hour to help readers monitor prices for the “hottest gifts.” As consumers prepare to buy gifts, they typically are looking for popular items at the lowest price. Michael Kors,

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Fashion Inspiration: Will Smith

By Mercedes Joshua | amdlawgroup.com Willard Carol “Will” Smith Jr. is an American actor, producer, and rapper. He has been an inspiration to young men since 1998 when he achieved fame as a rapper under the name “The Fresh Prince.” In 1990, his popularity increased dramatically when he starred in the popular television series “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” Smith moved from television to film, and ultimately starred in numerous blockbuster films. From the very beginning, Will Smith

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New York Fashion Week Update

Gloria Han|www.amdlawgroup.com Following-up on the court’s decision that New York’s Fashion Week venue be moved, the show is confirmed to be moving somewhere downtown for September. There is speculation that the show will be located in multiple venues to give designers flexibility. Once the Culture Shed opens in 2017, the search for a new venue might be over. The venue located in Hudson Yard on West 30th Street will have four runways, several studios, and an exhibition space. New York Fas

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New Trend in Infringement Litigation: Section 337

By Diana Chan | amdlawgroup.com The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) adjudicates claims of unfair competition involving imported articles under Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 (codified as 19 U.S.C §1337). While most Section 337 investigations are intellectual property (IP)-related matters dealing with high tech products, recently, Section 337 has been used for fashion-related IP. Common cases that are litigated at the ITC involve infringement of a U.S. patent, a federally re

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High Fashion Becomes Wearable

By Gloria Han | amdlawgroup.com Alexander Wang, a creative director at the French design house Balenciaga, is a well-known American fashion designer:   The rumors about Alexander Wang’s collaboration with H&M have been proven to be true. Wang’s designer collaboration with H&M has been available in stores since November 6th. Wang is the tenth high fashion designer who H&M had collaborated with.   It seems as though the fashion industry no longer is divided into two separate

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3 Things to Keep in Mind Before Launching Your Fashion Brand

Diana Chan | amdlawgroup.com Fashion Week in all the major fashion capitals is an exclusive event where big name designers showcase their fashion line for the upcoming season.  For up and coming designers, fashion week provides an opportunity to get recognized and to make their mark in the fashion world. But how much does it actually cost to get to that point? Is it worth launching your own line? The luxury fashion world is often viewed as a brutal business that is exclusive and requires hard

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Another Fashion Design Steal? Designer Leggings

Gloria Han | www.amdlawgroup.com Designer for Atelier de Geste, Beau Rhee was surprised to find one of the models in John Galliano’s debut show at London Fashion Week wearing a two-toned legging design that she featured in her own collection. Rhee watched the fashion show on Monday to see the Maison Margiela fashion show and was excited for the new haute couture fashion designs. Unsure whether the similar designs were simply coincidence or mere imitation, Rhee posted the pictures on Twitter

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Corporate Social Responsibility and Fashion

By Diana Chan | amdlawgroup.com Recently, the United States Department of Labor found more than 1500 garment workers in California were owed over $3 million in unpaid wages based on a year-long survey. The Department of Labor found that suppliers directly related to Nasty Gal, Macy’s, Nordstrom, and JC Penney, and others, paid its workers below the minimum wage while also subjecting them to sweatshop-like conditions. This finding is not the first incident of the underpayment of workers and p

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Train A Child In the Way He Should Go…. And He Will Call YOU A Copycat

By Breanna Pendilton | amdlawgroup.com Last month, small Atlanta-based shoe designer, Antonio Brown, sued big time company, Louis Vuitton, for trademark infringement.  Since the earlier months of 2013, Brown’s sneaker collection has been known for its distinctive metal plate placed across the toe box of its shoes.  In February of this year, Louis Vuitton’s new “On the Road” collection made its debut with an all too familiar metal plate, placed right across the toe of the shoe. Brown

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Tadashi: How Fashion Labels Gain Global Popularity

Gloria Han | www.amdlawgroup.com Tadashi Yani, who became the second richest man in Japan, founded the relatively new Japanese brand Uniqlo. There are more than 1,500 stores around the world; New York’s Fifth Avenue Uniqlo store encounters 6,000 customers daily and each customer buys an average of four items. How did Uniqlo’s fashion label rise to the top in such a short period of time? Many fashion companies focus on the high fashion runway trends and translate them into affordable versi

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Fashion Inspiration: Gabrielle Union

By Mercedes Joshua | amdlawgroup.com Gabrielle Monique Union is an American actress and former model. Among her notable roles is as the cheerleader opposite Kirsten Dunst in the film Bring it On. Union starred opposite Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in the blockbuster film Bad Boys II and played a medical doctor in the CBS drama series City of Angels. She starred with LL Cool J in Deliver Us from Eva in 2003. Gabrielle Monique Union was born in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1972, the middle child in a fa

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