Category Archive: Fashion Law

Jul 29 2015

Nike “Jumpman” Case Shows Difficulty With Copy-Cat Infringement Cases

A Federal Court in Oregon dismissed photographer Jacobus Rentmeester’s claim that Nike’s famous “Jumpman” infringed on his original photograph which inspired the logo. The case doesn’t really break new ground nor is it very controversial; the judge correctly applied the proper legal parameters in my opinion. I’m writing about it though because it’s the kind …

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Feb 21 2013

Fed. Appeals Court Rules: “Life is Good” May Have Copied Penmen Designs But it Did Not Infringe

Life is indeed good for the Jacobs brothers who started the Boston MA based apparel company “Life is Good.” Not only did they turn their T-Shirt company into a $100 Million a year business, but this past December, the Tenth Circuit, a federal appeals court, dismissed a copyright infringement lawsuit brought against the company over …

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Sep 06 2012

Appeals Court Restores Louboutin’s Red Sole Trademark

Round Two in the battle between two high couture fashion houses, Christian Louboutin and Yves Saint Laurent, goes to Louboutin as the Second Circuit (the federal appeals court that covers New York) reversed a lower court’s finding that Louboutin’s famous red sole could not constitute a trademark. Yves Saint Laurent had produced a line of …

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May 09 2012

California Shoe Designer Karen Kell Accuses Urban Outfitters of Stealing Her Shoe Design

Shoe designer Karen Kell (KK) issued a “cease and desist” letter through her lawyers today to national retailer Urban Outfitters (UO) accusing them of stealing her latest shoe design. The letter demands that UO immediately pull the shoes off the shelf or face litigation. A copy of the letter accompanies this press release. KK first …

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