Fashion disputes – when is close too close: practical advice for fashion designers and buyers

£750.00* Price is per group unless stated


Successful brands launch new and fresh designs every season, taking inspiration from many sources and creating fashion trends. Innovation and creativity is celebrated, but designs are also copied or emulated as they make their way to the high street.

Fashion brands and retailers can often come into conflict with one another, seeking redress through the removal of the items concerned from the market and the payment of compensation for the infringement of intellectual property rights.

There are steps which can be taken to assess and minimise the risk of launching a potentially infringing design, and to resolve a dispute quickly on receipt of a complaint without it escalating into a more formal claim.

This training session takes the form of a workshop in which we will look at:

  • a number of recent key decisions of the courts relating to garment and footwear designs
  • how to assess the risk that a design is too close to another design in the market
  • other factors to consider in a potential “too close” situation, including the value of a potential legal claim

We will apply the learning points from the workshop to a factual scenario by working through a case study with you, before concluding with some practical advice and a check list designed to help you avoid getting into disputes.

The workshop will help you identify when the risk is too great in launching a design, when it should be changed or abandoned, and when you can be confident in backing a design against copying allegations.

Who should attend?

This course will be of particular interest to:

  • Retailers
  • Designers
  • Buyers
  • In house lawyers


Available Dates:
Flexible - See calendar for availability.

Duration: 1.5 Hours

Location: Client Site

Speakers Include:
Alexandria Winstanley
Melanie McGuirk
Sarah Bazaraa

Pannone Corporate Manchester Lawyers

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