Upcoming lecture: "Harmless Fun or Trademark Dilution? Fashion 'Parodies' of Luxury Goods" (Michigan State University, 3/24/14)

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Upcoming (free!) program with law profs Charles Colman and Ruthann Robson: "Fashion and the Law"

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[UPDATE: Short debrief after the jump....]


My unprintable musings on the "tentative ruling" in AbbVie v. Kitson (a/k/a the "Vicodin jerseys" case)

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A reporter recently asked for my views on AbbVie v. Kitson (a/k/a the "Vicodin jerseys" case -- complaint available here, current docket available here), in which Judge Consuelo B. Marshall of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California has issued a "tentative ruling" in favor of the plaintiff. You might recall that the pharmaceutical company AbbVie filed suit late last year to stop the sale of the shirt on the right:






My response to that reporter ended up being quite a bit longer and more theoretical than I had planned. Since there's no way the majority of that commentary will be printed, I've decided to post it here (in slightly modified form). Voilà:


For fashion law aficionados who happen to be in Charlottesville, VA this Friday...

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UPDATE: Photos, below, courtesy of Staci Riordan -- who live-tweeted portions of the event under #UVAFashionLaw -- and David Faux. Special thanks to Professor Dotan Oliar for moderating the morning panel, and to the editorial board of the Virginia Journal of Law & Technology for the invitation and hospitality!





Federal court: The term "Tiffany setting" might be generic, and the question is (probably) one for a jury (+ AmLaw gives me ink)

Posted by Charles Colman

Yep, that sounds about right.

LAW OF FASHION sends a hearty "thank you" to Jan Wolfe, reporter at The Litigation Daily (an American Lawyer publication), for giving me some "told you so" props in his article, "Will Tiffany Regret Suing Costco?", which examines Judge Laura Swain's recent decision in the Tiffany v. Costco case.

Wolfe reports: