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HTMLLouboutin's Challenge: Louboutin Wins Its Trademark Validity Battle but Loses Its Trademark Infringement War
Vanessa A. Ignacio, Lawrence A. Weinstein; Lowenstein Sandler LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 11, 2012, previously published on September 10, 2012
In our March 2012 Client Alert, we reported on a controversial trademark law decision issued by the Southern District of New York, which called into question the validity of shoe designer Christian Louboutin's trademark rights regarding its well-known red shoe outsoles. Louboutin appealed the...


HTMLSecond Circuit Reverses Louboutin on Protection of Fashion Color Trademarks
Andrew Baum; Foley & Lardner LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 7, 2012, previously published on September 5, 2012
In a major opinion issued on September 5, 2012, the Second Circuit held that Christian Louboutin’s red sole trademark for shoes is valid, but only when the red color contrasts with the color of the shoe upper. It rejected the District Court's holding that color per se could never be a valid...


HTMLStopping Counterfeits at the Border
Frances Drummond, Georgina Hey; Norton Rose Canada LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 4, 2012, previously published on August 2012
Australians might be alarmed to know that counterfeit goods are entering Australia every day including in the areas of healthcare, food and beverages. Changes to current Customs Notice provisions are designed to help stem the flow.


HTMLFCPA Compliance Considerations for the Fashion and Beauty Industry
Sheppard Mullin Richter Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 4, 2012, previously published on August 30, 2012
In recent years, the U.S. government has vigorously enforced the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA") against individuals and companies representing a variety of industries. Recent press reports suggest that entertainment companies may be the target of current SEC enforcement efforts,...


Adobe PDFInsight to Mexico's IP
Ana Castañeda, Jorge León; C & L Attorneys, S.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 29, 2012, previously published by Informa UK, Ltd., Trademark World Magazine.
Insight to Mexico´s Intellectual Property Law, helpful to avoid pitfalls.


HTMLMaryland District Court Finds Contributory Liability for Copyright Violation Due to Willful Blindness
Gregory L. Arbogast; Semmes, Bowen & Semmes A Professional Corporation;
Legal Alert/Article
August 21, 2012, previously published on August 2012
In this case, Plaintiffs, Coach, Inc. and Coach Services, Inc. (collectively, “Coach”), brought suit against Defendants, Farmers Market & Auction and Benjamin H. Burroughs (“Burroughs”) (collectively “the Market Defendants”), asserting direct and contributory...


HTMLOriginal Sin: Complying with Country of Origin Laws
Sheppard Mullin Richter Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 15, 2012, previously published on August 9, 2012
Congress recently introduced the whimsically titled bill, the “Team U.S.A. Made in America Act,” which would require the United States Olympic Committee to ensure that ceremonial uniforms for the Olympic team are assembled in the United States with fabrics manufactured in the United...


Adobe PDFDon't Be Left Naked When It Comes To Insurance Coverage
Steven J. Brower, Jason E. Goldstein, Jeffrey H. Kapor; Buchalter Nemer A Professional Corporation;
Legal Alert/Article
July 25, 2012, previously published on July 19, 2012
Most businesses, including apparel manufacturers and retailers, pay premiums for insurance. When a claim that is potentially covered arises: do not let your insurance company leave you naked. Insurers and insurance brokers may tell you that a claim is not covered when there really is coverage under...


HTMLSole Ownership of a Color? Louboutin Loses Appeal in French Court in Trademark Dispute with Zara Over Signature Soles on Shoes
Marcella Ballard, Nicholas Buell, Victoria R. Danta; Venable LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 20, 2012, previously published on July 17, 2012
In May, high-end French footwear designer Christian Louboutin suffered yet another loss in its ongoing legal battle over its iconic red-soled shoes. On May 30, 2012, the Cour de Cassation—the highest French court of appeals—determined there was no risk of consumer confusion between a...


HTMLMen, Makeup and Drugs
Sheppard Mullin Richter Hampton LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 12, 2012, previously published on July 10, 2012
Men’s grooming and beauty products, namely cosmetics for men, continue to experience yearly growth. The forecasts of one research firm predict that sales of men's toiletries will hit $3.2 billion by 2016, up from $2.2 billion in 2006. Sales of men’s skin care products like facial...


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