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UPDATE: The Clash of the “G”s is officially over!

26 Apr

Credit: Gucci

After weeks of a rather lengthy battle (and rather amusing hilarity) the trial between Gucci and Guess has finally come to a close. The trial began earlier this month with Gucci claiming $221 million in damages due to nothing short of an alleged trademark infringement “ponzi” scheme on Guess’s part and Guess claiming that Gucci sat on their laurels for the past 7 years and are no longer eligible to claim the infringement. Closing arguments ended last week, but it could be quite some time before the judge issues a decision in the matter. But rest assured, these chatty chicks will keep you updated on any news that comes our way regarding this highly publicized trial.

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Fashion Group Philly Presents “Protecting the Brand” Forum

17 Apr

Planning on heading to Philadelphia this afternoon? Stop on over at the Philadelphia Fashion Groups forum at Davio’s on 17th Street. The forum starts at 5:30 with a networking reception and is followed by a pnael discussion at 6:35pm. The forum features panel members Barbara Kolsun (General Counsel for Stuart Weitzman), Guillermo Jimenes (Professor at FIT), Lisa Lori (Partner at Klehr, Harrison, Harvey, Branzburg, LLP) and Kirk Widra (Professor at the Art Institute of Philadelphia).

If you are able to make it, please give us chatty chicks an update on what we missed!

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“G” That’s an Awfully Lengthy Legal Battle

12 Apr

In 2009, Paris based Gucci initiated legal action against the Los Angeles based Guess? Inc. brand for selling items in stores and on-line that are “studied imitations of the Gucci trademarks”. The trademarks include a green and red stripe design, a square G, the designer’s name in flowing script and a diamond pattern with repeating interlocking G’s. Gucci has recently taken this battle to a whole new level alleging that Guess? has devised “a massive, complicated scheme to knock off Gucci’s best-known and iconic designs”. Gucci claims that $221 million worth of Guess? products have infringed on Gucci’s designs. The trial began on March 28th and so far there is no end in sight – just juicy legal drama to blog about!

Click here to read the full article via Business Week.

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Entertainment Law Class Blogs Receive Recognition from Law School

9 Apr

Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania recently published an article on the school’s website about the entertainment law class of Professor Tonya Evans.  Students in the class are divided into five law firms with the firms maintaining their own blog about current hot topics in the entertainment industry.  Each firm has developed their own identity by using Twitter, Facebook, and Linkedin.  The law firms, in addition to ChickChat, include: Creative Protection, Dumas Firm, The Mentally In Firm, and wRAP jhAM.

The article, written by Erica Scavone of the class law firm, Dumas Firm LLP, can be found at this link.  Professor Evans has also blogged about the law firms as well.

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New Certainty in an Area of Uncertainty

3 Apr

On November 22, 2006, Louis Vuitton Malletier S.A. sued the defendants, Ly USA, Inc., CoCo USA Inc., Marco Leather Goods Ltd., Chong Lam and Joyce Chan in the United Stated District Court in the Southern District of New York for importing and selling counterfeit luxury goods bearing infringing versions of Louis Vuitton’s trademarks. Vuitton asserted various trademark claims under Sections 32 and 43 of the Lanham Act and various state law related claims. Vuitton moved for summary judgement on all claims and the court granted summary judgement on the trademark counterfeiting and infringement claims. After the grant of summary judgement, Vuitton elected to receive statutory damages and additionally sought attorneys’ fees, which lead to the appeal and the question – was Vuitton entitled to the award of attorneys’ fees after electing statutory damages over actual damages? Continue reading

Dolce & Banana?

31 Mar

The luxury fashion brand Dolce & Gabanna has filed suit against a gift shop in Cape Town, South Africa named “Dolce and Banana”. The pair allege that the gift shop “makes a mockery of the well-known trademark” and demanded that the shop change it’s name. Since first being contacted by Dolce & Gabanna six years ago, the owner of the shop has changed its name to “… & Banana”, but Dolce & Gabanna are still on the shop owner’s case for legal fees. Is the pair being too harsh?

The full story can be read on the Huffington Post here.

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“Dances With Wolves” Actor Kevin Costner in Dispute Over Bison Sculptures

28 Mar

The South Dakota Supreme Court recently heard arguments in a case involving actor-director Kevin Costner.  Last year artist Peggy Detmers sued Costner alleging  he breached a contract the parties had entered into for the commission of 17 bronze sculptures depicting buffalo and Native Americans.  The parties entered into the contract in 2000 under which Costner intended to display the sculptures at a South Dakota resort, The Dunbar, named after his character in the movie “Dances With Wolves.”  If the resort was not completed, the parties agreed to placement of the sculptures at a mutually agreeable location.  The resort was never built and Costner placed the sculptures near Dearwood at his Tatanka attraction.

Detmers alleged the placement of the sculptures at Tatanka was not a mutually agreeable location and therefore Costner breached their contract.  She argues that Costner should have to sell the sculptures and give her 50% of the proceeds.  Last year a circuit judge ruled the alternative placement did not constitute a breach of contract and the case is now before the South Dakota Supreme Court. Continue reading

After all, interns are people too….

20 Mar

In response to the class action suit now threatening Harper’s Bazaar, Conde Nast has revamped and overhauled their intern program. The group has put in place clearer guidelines for how to treat the coffee fetchers of the office. With such big names making changes, others will likely follow suit. Even if Ms. Wang doesn’t win her class action suit against Harper’s, it looks like there may be a victory in this case after all…

The article via New York Magazine can be found here.

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Longer than a Wait-list for a Birkin Bag… Hermes Loses Trademark Battle

6 Mar

Well over ten years in the making, Hermes has been dealt a losing blow in its battle to get the trademark board to cancel a trademark held by a menswear company in China. “Ai-Ma-Shi” as it is known in China, Hermes has been battling the trademark board to cancel a trademark held by a Guangdong garment factory “aimashi”. Hermes has never used the mark on the mainland, but registered for the mark in 1997. A court recently ruled against Hermes saying that Hermes failed to prove that mark was well-known among mainland customers.

Read the full article here.

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UPDATE: Battle over iPad Trademark Continues

24 Feb

Apple appears to be out of hot water in Shanghai, for the moment (see our earlier posts, entitled Apple Could Face Fine of $1.6 Billion for iPad Trademark Infringement in China” and “UPDATE: China Seizing iPads”).  A court in Shanghai rejected Proview’s request for a preliminary injunction to stop Apple from sell its iPad tablets in the city.  The court stated proceedings in the dispute would be halted until the Higher People’s Court of Guangdong decides an appeal brougt before the court by Apple.  A hearing of the case is schedule before the Guangdong court on February 29.

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