international business

[The Forefront of Fashion Law] On-the-spot Report of 4th Annual Fashion Law Symposium

By Sindy Wenjin Ding | amdlawgroup.com The Fashion Law Institute’s 4th Annual Symposium entitled “The spectrum of Style” was held in Fordham Law School in New York on Apr 4. I attended the symposium as a Fashion Law practitioner at AMD LAW, as well as a Fordham Law alumna. The Symposium owns high regards in fashion law industry nationwide, and as expected, it attracted many serious fashion law experts, partners in notable firms, executives from various departments and companies, fashi

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International Business Law – Case Study #1

 "KDBM Publishing" (a fictitous name)  is a publishing firm based in the United States that is looking to expand its business overseas. Searching for a new country to do business in, various problems arose as to deciding where to expand towards. Some countries had different labor and environmental standards, while others had higher printing costs. These are common issues that arise while doing business globally. However, there are legal mechanisms that work at making doing business abroad more

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How and when to protect your intellectual property in your small business

By Aurelia Mitchell Durant, Esquire and Sindy Ding-Voorhees, Esquire Bravo to all the small business owners that have the bravery, vision and drive to create something incredible and novel in the marketplace. Every business starts out from an idea. No matter where you are in the stage of solidifying your business idea or executing your business plan, intellectual property is a substantial part of the plan and you want to timely and correctly protect this valuable asset, especially as you try

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Twitter Changes its Copyright Policy

Twitter has made a significant change in its copyright policy, deciding to “withhold” tweets that receive a copyright complaint. The original tweet will be replaced with a message that reads, “This Tweet from @Username has been withheld in response to a report from the copyright holder.” The message also includes a link to Twitter’s “Copyright and Digital Millennium Copyright Act Policy” page.  Twitter used to completely delete tweets without explanation, but now users can resp

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003: Is My Business In Compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)?

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The Secret of the Born Global Firm

By Eliana Rocchi | amdlawgroup.com What is a born global firm? Think of Skype, Google, Logitech, etc. A born global firm is “a business organization that, from inception, seeks to derive significant competitive advantage from the use of resources and the sale of outputs in multiple countries.” Many companies go global, but that does not make them born global firms. What distinguishes born global firms from the rest of international organizations is that they originate internationally.

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Tariffs and International Business Law – Case Study #2

Tariffs have been a touchy issue in global economics for hundreds of years. Simply, tariffs are taxes on imported goods. If the United States taxed coffee beans coming in from Colombia, that tax would be a tariff. They are mainly a device to protect domestic industries so as to encourage companies to purchase goods between each other, helping the national economy grow without giving any business to foreign enterprises. In the last few decades, tariffs have been the center of many economic con

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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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Why Data Protection is an Important Issue for International Business

By Chloe Coska | amdlawgroup.com With this Internet and digital era, information travels remarkably fast across the globe. In an international business context, the way information travels can be problematic for large or small companies doing business in several geographic areas. The risk for companies of losing information to competitors is high. Now, schools are offering courses for cybersecurity. Companies invest large sum of money in order to preserve their data. Data protection is a crit

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Tips for Marketing Your Fashion Business in China – International Business Law – Case Study #4

Many fashion and apparel brands are looking to expand their market internationally, and they have their sights set on China. Although China is an infamously difficult place to do business, here are 8 ways to help empower your chances of success competing in the Chinese market.   Plan and act early. Filing a trademark application takes a great deal of time. It’s in your best interest to act quickly. It’s also wise to identify and potential conflicts before you enter the market.It's b

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Billionaire Richard Branson and Copyright – International Intellectual Property Law – Case Study #8

Richard Branson, the billionaire founder of the Virgin Group, has just sent a cease and desist letter to “I Am Not A Virgin,” a small New York eco-friendly denim label, claiming that the company’s name infringes on his copyright (Antunes). The small label was founded three years ago by Peter Heron and makes their garments from a blend of virgin cotton, and a variety of recycled materials, including plastic bottles, food packaging, and discarded X-Ray films. After holding his trademark for

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Gucci and Trademark – International Intellectual Property Law – Case Study #5

The Gucci Group has just won a lawsuit against two members of their very own family for trademark infringement. The world famous luxury goods seller have barred Guccio and Alessandro Gucci, brothers and great grandsons of the label’s founder,  Guccio Gucci,  from using the names “Gucci” and “Guccio Gucci” as part of their marketing strategies for their company, ToBeG. A judge in Florence has ruled that the use of the family names takes unfair advantage of Gucci’s preexisting bra

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How to Use Photos without Violating Copyright Laws

Visual media has become instrumental in designing a website or posting in social media sites such as Pinterest and Facebook. But if you don’t own the photos you plan on using, how do you go about getting the photos your site needs? Grabbing pictures from Google images, off of other websites, or even assuming that you have the rights to photos of yourself or your business despite that it was taken by someone else are all common mistakes that violate copyright law, and if charged, you can be

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Quick Refresher on Copyright Protection

By Tikwiza Nkowane|www.amdlawgroup.com A copyright defined as “a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States for "original works of authorship", including literary, dramatic, musical, architectural, cartographic, choreographic, pantomimic, pictorial, graphic, sculptural, and audiovisual creations.” As with all rights of protection, it is important to know whether an existing copyright exists.   How do you search for existing copyrights through copyright.go

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What is the definition of a “Born Global” in business?

By Aurelia Mitchell Durant|www.amdlawgroup.com Globalization has become a reality for the planet.  The very loose and fluid definition of globalization is summed in an often-quoted quote by former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, “It has been said that arguing against globalization is like arguing against the laws of gravity.”  Globalization is the notion that the emerging and sustainable marketplace is global as opposed to regional or national.  Ostensibly, in orde

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