Conference: Intellectual Property Law – Fashion and New Media

Is parody of trademarks lawful? Commercial use of intellection property rights may be at odds with the protection of creative activity expressed, for instance, in the form of parody. Situations of such collision can be found in the fashion industry, to given only one example. This is confirmed, among other things, by a ruling of the German Bundesgerichtshof of 4 April 2015 on PUMA/PUDEL marks (case no. I ZR 59/13) or a decision of the EU Patent and Trademark Office of 14 May 2012 in a POLO trademark case, PRL USA Holdings, Inc v. Thread Pit, Inc (no. 92047436). These are the topics of the Intellectual Property Law – Fashion and New Media conference held in Poznań on 2-9 August as part of the Summer Law School on Fashion + New Media project (organiser: ELSA Poznań, working language: English). Dr Nestoruk moderated a fashion law panel and delivered its opening speech entitled “Trademark parody in fashion industry – freedom of speech or breach of law”.


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