IP in the Fashion Industry
Europe is home to some of history’s most important textile and fashion inventions and a number of the most celebrated designers, manufacturers, innovators and artists, such as Coco Chanel, Giorgio Armani and Christian Dior, to name a few. Today, the EU textile and clothing sector remains an SME-based industry. Companies with less than 50 employees account for over 90% of the workforce and produce almost 60% of the value added. Clothing and textile is also a global industry with the chain of production, wholesale and retail including dozens of stakeholders and spanning many continents.
Trademarks: The Face of Your Business
Trademarks might be one of the best-known Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). From a consumer perspective, consciously or unconsciously, we are all drawn by our favourite brands and the values associated with it. From a business perspective, your trademark is the face of your business. You should take great care in choosing, designing and protecting it, use it diligently in advertising, and monitor the market for any potential infringement.
IP in the Field of Renewable Energies
Renewable energy is energy from sources that do not diminish or that can be replenished. These are also referred to as “green” or “clean” energies, because the energy production does not generate greenhouse emissions or air pollutants. This fact sheet intends to gives an overview (from a European perspective) of central IP questions relevant for this dynamic energy sector.
New Directive on Copyright and Related Rights in the Digital Single Market
On 15 April 2019, the European Council approved the Directive on Copyright and Related Rights in the Digital Single Market. This Directive intends to make EU copyright rules fit for the digital age. In this fact sheet, we provide you with an overview of the most important changes and legal implications and take a look at the next steps.