Who is going to prove who’s more gangsta. Fashion companies seem to always be at war where trademarks are concerned. So, who will prevail as the biggest G? I predict Guess. If you look at some of the patterns of these cases, the underdog always wins. The one that is accused of the infringing seems to come out as the victor when major Fashion companies are involved. This suit was filed three years ago and has only recently went to trial. Gucci accuses Guess of using their famous logo and designs causing confusion among consumers and of course dilution of the brand.
Retailers are capitalizing on the fact that we love a bargain. So much so that they have turned one of the most popular days to give thanks into a shopping day. It’s retailers gone wild! Why open stores on Thursday and have your employees work from 7-11, it seems unAmerican in some respects. On the flip side, it does help out those that have been out of work to get in some hours and make that much-needed income.
I still find it all too much. Although we should be giving thanks everyday, this is a mandatory day that makes us stop even when we don’t want to and give thanks. Not even that is sacred anymore. Although some might say that at the present time they have nothing to really be thankful for, no job, no money and no silver lining in sight. But, there is much to be thankful for as long as you are breathing. And perhaps retailers should take the time to give their employees the time to be with their families. Perhaps employees and shoppers should have a little protest of their own and not OCCUPY RETAILERS. Instead stay home, relax, cook, argue with family, eat some pumpkin pie, watch a football game and just celebrate Thanksgiving.
Just pointing out the obvious, figure it out amongst yourselves….
Good question! It seems that this area of law is growing from the Fashion Law Institute to the newly formed committee at the New York City Bar. But, is it an area of law where there is a need for attorneys? Yes & No. Yes, because of course Fashion is a business and with any business there are legal implications, real estate, protections of intellectual property rights, contractual agreements, employment issues, and the list can go on. However, in more instances you find that the everyday business of fashion are done by those that are actually fashion industry professionals. Those that really know about merchandising, licensing of the products, branding and marketing. These people hold MBA’s and/or attended a fashion school to become versed in the industry or business itself.
So, where do we lawyers fit in? Well, this is the perfect place to explore that very question, perhaps it will answer a few questions for you as well. Maybe even let us attorneys know whether the fashion industry cares about utilizing the legal skills offered. Or perhaps attorneys that have an interest in this area have to adapt more to the fashion industry.