Protecting textile patterns and designs

Sharon Givoni Consulting Arts and design, Copyright, Retail and fashion Law, Trade marks

If you design or manufacture patterned textiles or fabrics, you need to be careful not to copy other people’s textile designs and find yourself entangled in legal issues. This article talks about copyright and trade mark protection of patterns, trade marks and designs in textiles (including David Jones, Louis Vuitton and Levis). Read more… Note […]

Read more

Brand protection for designers

Sharon Givoni Consulting Retail and fashion Law, Trade marks

While imitation may well be the greatest form of flattery it is certainly not much fun when it is your garment or brand name that is copied by others. In this article Sharon Givoni covers what makes a strong trade mark from a trade marks perspective, some considerations if you expanding your fashion label internationally […]

Read more

Food&Drink Business Magazine – Courts Deny Nestle

Sharon Givoni Consulting Food Law, Trade marks

This article looks at the way Nestle tried to register its four bar chocolate shape as a trade mark and what the trade mark office said when Aldi (which produces its own two bar wafer chocolate called Time Out). Read more…

Read more

Food&Drink Business Magazine – Can you replicate overseas products

Sharon Givoni Consulting Packaging, Trade marks

Many clients ask if they can just simply copy a product and brand from overseas. The answer is not clear cut and depends on the facts including if the overseas mark has been used in Australia as a trade mark. Read more…

Read more

Would the real Zara please stand up? by Sharon Givoni
Jun / 04

Would the real Zara please stand up?

Sharon Givoni Consulting Retail and fashion Law, Trade marks

Many textile and fashion designers use, or incorporate their own name into their brands. Take Zara, Davenport, Elle McPherson and Collette Dinnigan to name a few. The more unique the fashion label is, usually the safer you are from “copycats”. However, legal battles can arise if two designers use similar names. Read more… Note the […]

Read more

Green Marketing Legal Boundaries

Sharon Givoni Consulting Packaging

Phrases such as “Nature’s friend”, green packaging and recycling symbols are often used to show that a product is green. However there are some traps to avoid under the law when doing this. If you claim that your product is “legally” environmentally friendly you should read this article. Read more…

Read more

Unauthorised Photographs on the Internet

Sharon Givoni Consulting Internet Law

There is no blanket law specifically stopping you from photographing others without their consent. However, specific laws may apply to the situation depending on the context. Read more…

Read more

Ensuring Sweet Success with your Brand

Sharon Givoni Consulting Food Law, Trade marks

In the area of confectionery a trade mark plays a crucial role. This article goes through useful tips you need to know to protect your brand with a whole list of useful tips at the end. Read more…

Read more

Inspiration… or Rip Off?

Sharon Givoni Consulting Arts and design, Copyright

We all get inspirited by one thing or another in life including when we create art works such as drawings and photographs. Madonna got inspired by a famous fashion photographer some years ago when creating one of her video clips and then threatened with legal action. Read more…

Read more

The Fine Line between Copyright Infringement or Artistic Creativity

Sharon Givoni Consulting Arts and design, Copyright

This article looks at what happened when the owners of the Barbie doll (Mattel) took a photographer to court over the “creative” use of Barbie in a bold and daring set of photographers featuring Barbies cooking in a casserole dish and in a fondue pot. The fair use defence under copyright law came into play […]

Read more