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Indonesia Fashion Week: Bad Timing

Last year I was very much engulfed in the IFW 2012, this year I attended a few shows. The concept is good and you will find every local Indie brand under one roof. There are a lot of runway shows and an award for the most promising young designer. Unfortunately, IFW 2012 did not get the international press coverage it wanted. I suspect it was very hard getting international press to fly all the way to Indonesia for a little known fashion week. Let’s face […]


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It's 2013, The Year of Fun

Yes, I know, a bit late, but late than never! It is 2013 and I am in a jam. Do you feel like that as well? What’s all this cheer about? This is the year I turn the big 3-0 (Yes, I hyphenate it, so it doesn’t look as big as the word sounds), and no I am not jumping over the moon. “You are young”, they say. I feel young, heck, I might even look young, so why do I have this feeling? I […]


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Ethnic Fabric: IKAT

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Ethnic Fabric: IKAT

I recently attended the Trade Expo in Indonesia. I am always amazed at the talent available in this country. One of which is the talent of making ikat. I am in love with this hand woven fabric. It is so versatile and durable. For a great overview of this fabric visit here. At the Trade Expo I was able to meet a lady who makes this fabric, the good old fashion way. A couple years ago, ikat was very much “en vogue”, a trend alert in […]


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The Ladies of Fashion Law

AsianFashionLaw was recently featured on the popular fashion law blog – B.A.F.F.L.E.D. I am so happy that I was included. Many thanks to Victoria and congratulations to all the wonderful ladies who are helping to make this niche so beautiful.   From your legal fashionista,


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Copying sparks innovation

Knockoffs Can Spark Innovation?

A new book by Kal Raustiala and Christopher Sprigman, captivated us recently. The book challenges the accepted notion that imitation is wrong. Regarding fashion, the duo found that copying actually allows the fashion industry to set trends and motivate consumers to buy more clothes.     What is Innovation?  Innovation is the creation of better or more effective products, processes, services, technologies, or ideas that are readily available to markets, governments, and society. Innovation differs from invention in that innovation refers to the use of […]


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The US Warns Laos: Get Your IP Act Together!

The US is demanding that Laos speed up the process to make their intellectual property law clearer before the country becomes a member of the WTO. Laos hopes to become a WTO member by the end of this year (2012). Even though the US voted for Laos to become a member of the WTO, it prizes Intellectual Property Rights because it loses billions of dollars each year due to piracy. It wants to ensure therefore that Laos implements proper enforcement mechanisms to combat infringement. The […]


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Intellectual Property Rights in Asia: Updates from Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore

Japan The Intellectual Property High Court in Tokyo recently heard the case of Perfetti Van Melle S. p.A. v Rakuten Co. Ltd. The court addressed the issue of whether Rakuten, a website organised like an “internet mall”, having numerous independent stores and dealers, could be liable for trademark infringement committed by those stores. The court dismissed the claim and held that Rakuten was not liable because the company removed the infringing goods within a reasonable time after learning of the infringement. However, the court found […]


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Why You Need a Social Media Policy

Let’s face it – social media is popular and whether you know it or like it, your employees are on it. Some businesses simply prohibit their employees from going on social network sites while at work. This is not realistic, especially with the increase of smart phones in Asia. I don’t think prohibition is the way to go, you will live to regret it. Even if your business does not have an online presence (which is should, but that’s for another time), you need a […]


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Chinese Distributor Supplies Egypt's Olympic Team With Fake Nike Gear

We all know Egypt is having a hard time financially and had to make budgetary cuts despite protests and public outcry. It appears that the cuts have gone as far as to affect the gear provided for the country’s Olympic team. It was reported that the workout bags the team received had the big Nike logo on the front, but the zippers has Adidas branding on them. Leading to the conclusion that the gear was fake. The Egyptian Olympic Committee (EOC) secretary general, Motaz Sonbol […]


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Chinese Fashion Brand Steals Singapore's Merlion

Singapore’s Merlion is well known, recognisable and loved by all. This however did not stop Chinese brand Funnchy from adopting the Merlion as its logo. The use of the Merlion logo is restricted under the Singapore Tourism Board Act. According to the literature on Funnchy, the brand adopted Singapore’s national standard “Merlion”. This company information was taken from CBAMD.com: Hermes Industrial Co., Ltd. Guangzhou was established in 2002, is a set design, mass production, brand management, clothing management services as one of the specialized companies. […]


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