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Bobs vs. Toms: Is There Any Difference?

Yesterday, while I was watching the Lakers game (go purple and gold!), I caught a glimpse of what I initially thought was a Toms commercial . . . but I was quickly proven wrong when the logo for “Bobs” flashed across my television screen. This really spurred my curiosity because not only does Bobs (a [...]

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Engaging in Silver Counterfeiting: Tiffany & Co. v. Costco

Last week, Tiffany & Co. (“Tiffany’s”) filed suit against Costco in federal court for trademark infringement, counterfeiting, deceptive business practice, and false advertising. Tiffany’s complaint alleges that Costco has been selling diamond engagement rings, claiming that the rings are genuine Tiffany’s, but that they are not.  Under The Lanham Act, Tiffany’s is seeking forfeiture of Costco’s [...]

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Monday Musings: Tiffany’s Lawsuit and IFB Links a la Mode

As a bi-monthly feature, Monday Musings attempts to capture random and non-sequitur fashion news clips and the musings of yours truly. Tiffany’s Lawsuit Tiffany & Co. just filed a lawsuit against Costco in the U.S. District Court – Southern District of New York for trademark infringement, counterfeiting, deceptive business practice, and false advertising.  Tiffany & Co. [...]

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Kardashians Kicking Up Bad Karma in Asian Sweatshops

The Kardashian fashion line just cannot seem to catch a break in the bad press corner. First, the Kardashian Kollection is accused of knocking off Balenciaga handbags. Now, three Kardashian clothing lines, K-Dash, Kris Jenner Kollection, and ShoeDazzle, are coming under fire for allegedly producing their fashions in Chinese sweatshops. Apparel companies are not strangers to [...]

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“Careful, that’s a Louis Vuitton:” LV v. Warner Bros.

“Careful, that’s a Louis Vuitton” is now the statement that is the center of controversy between Louis Vuitton and Warner Bros. Studios.  Louis Vuitton is claiming that a Louis Vuitton luggage set shown in a scene of the Hangover 2 is counterfeit, and the studio’s use of the luggage set has spurred consumer interest in [...]

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A New Take on Protecting Fashion Design

Hello readers, my note is finally published and available for all to read.  If you’re interested and have the time, do so, and let me know what you think!  Read the abstract below for more information. “Fashion design is weaving its way through the fabric of American society by transforming how people think about fashion [...]

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Fashion Imitating Art in Rodarte Spring 2012

We discussed here before how much fashion and art are intertwined, and why this relationship provides one of the strongest arguments for why fashion designers should have sui generis protection in what they create.  Well, pictures are worth a thousand words.  Instead of me rehashing the debate, let me show you by using Rodarte’s Spring [...]

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