While most fashion brands have come embrace the idea of incorporating online shopping into their business models, about forty percent of luxury brands such as Celine and Chanel do not sell via the web. These brands usually feel negatively towards online because they view the internet as somehow damaging to their business.
Kathy Stewart | amdlawgroup.com
To introduce one to domain names and domain registration, one must begin with a basic understanding of the World Wide Web, in particular websites. Every computer on the Internet has an Internet protocol or IP address, which is a unique string of four numbers separated by periods, such as 126.96.36.199. Since remembering the IP address of Websites would be nearly impossible, a domain name system was created to replace the length of IP address thereby assigning a unique name to each numeric IP address. A domain name is therefore the unique name given to that particular website or IP address.
By Eliana Rocchi | amdlawgroup.com
The expression “Public domain” is generally used with reference to the works that belong to everyone and are available for public use. The concept comes from copyright law. It identifies those creative works that are not protected by copyright and thus may be used freely by the public. In other words anyone can copy them or modify them or generally use them in any way they wish.
Whatever product a company makes, it is important to pursue intellectual property rights. If a company does not, then it is inviting other companies to bombard the market with cheap duplicates of its product. Not only would this hurt the business but also consumers.
In September 2012, the suit was brought to court again, and this time, the court recognized Louboutin’s trademark for having “secondary meaning” by way of the contrast between the red sole and a different color on the rest of the shoe. Still, because the YSL shoes in question were entirely red, not just on the soles, the court permitted continuing sale of the shoes.
Originally posted 2015-06-08 11:56:44. (By Kelsey Laugel – www.amdlawgroup.com) At the 2015 Billboard Music Awards in May, Nasty Gal, an American-based retailer that specializes in providing more affordable versions of designer clothing, claimed credit for Taylor Swift’s white Balmain jumpsuit. For comparison, the average Balmain jumpsuit can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $6,000 while the […]
Chanel, the corporation, claimed that Chanel’s Salon, LLC and Chanel Jones committed trademark infringement and trademark dilution of its brand name CHANEL. Because Chanel Jones used the trade names CHANEL’S SALON and CHANEL’S COSMETOLOGY SALON without Chanel’s permission, the industry filed a lawsuit alleging that she impinged on the company’s intellectual property rights. Prior to the lawsuit, Chanel sent a letter requesting Chanel Jones to change the name of her salon but there was no response and attempts to settle the dispute were unsuccessful.
By Diana Chan | amdlawgroup.com
Thinking about expanding your brand? An advantage of licensing a brand includes expanding the brand in connection with high-end products.
The brand under investigation “Comfyballs”, established in Scandinavia in 2013 has been since expanding in Australia, New Zealand and UK. “Comfyballs” uses a design called PackageFront, which is supposed to reduce heat transfer and enable freer movements. The Norwegian brand was planning to release its product onto the US market this year but the USPTO has denied the company’s application to register the trademark in the US judging the name “vulgar”.
If you search the Prior Art Finder, you will find many results that may indicate instances where infringement happened. Patent trolls, or copyright holders who aggressively and proactively file infringement suits, could use this function to pursue more victims.
As the e-commerce industry continues to thrive, the potential for infringing goods to seep into the e-commerce market is even greater, especially in countries like China, where the counterfeit products are more accessible and readily available. Alibaba is built on individual buyers and sellers—Alibaba doesn’t sell merchandise itself. What can you do if someone infringes on your intellectual property rights by doing things like selling counterfeit goods, fakes, or products with your trademark on this type of platform?
By Christina Severino | amdlawgroup.com
In an effort to build consumer loyalty, brands are increasingly putting more focus on loyalty programs more than price promotions and other discounts. A recent report by MarketingWeek indicated that promotions typically circulated through loyalty programs tend to be the most successful method of converting customers to their brand, through coupons or other reward point systems.
Despite the internet’s universalizing concept, online activities are closely monitored by the law established in each country, and an imbalance in copyright infringement policies, which govern the online activities, can result in misjudging the user’s benign intentions.
Famous inventor Trevor Baylis to be given the honour of Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his work with young inventors.
Mr. Baylis’ inventions include the the wind-up radio, that was invented as a way to get critical information to rural areas in Africa back in 1991. He patented his idea however it was slow to launch until a prototype was featured on BBC’s Tomorrow’s World in 1994 and received support from South African president Nelson Mandela. The radio Free Play started to be produced in 1997 and Mr. Baylis was honoured as Officer of the British Empire (OBE) the same year. Mr. Baylis also invented the wind-up torch and around 200 other products for the disabled.
The recent purchase of Beats Electronics by Apple for $3 billion has left self-proclaimed Beats co-founder Steve Lamar in the dust. Last week, Apple (Beats Electronics, LLC—“Beats”) filed a lawsuit against Lamar claiming false advertisement and unfair competition. Beats contends Lamar has falsely claimed that he is a co-founder of the company, with Dr. Dre (Andre Young) and Jimmy Iovine. The company further asserts that Lamar has never had an ownership interest in Beats Electronics, LLC.