Managing IP in China

We wear many (fabulous) hats at CanadaFashionLaw.  As Chair of the Toronto Intellectual Property Group, CanadaFashionLaw is looking forward to the upcoming TIPG event that is being hosted on October 22.  We’re bringing in a Canadian-trained, China-based IP professional that will provide practical tips on how to manage your company’s IP in China.  Not sure if this is relevant to you?  Well, if you currently or intend to manufacture in China or sell your product in China, it’s relevant.

You can expect to hear a summary of the talk here…stay tuned!

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Is the Fashion Industry Racist…?

…according to Balance Diversity, Iman and Naomi Campbell, yes.

Balance Diversity is an organization that monitors the world’s high profile fashion shows to ensure that there is racial and ethnic diversity on the runway.  And if there isn’t, Balance Diversity will speak up.

In fact, earlier this month Balance Diversity wrote open letters to the Council of Fashion Designers of America, The British Fashion Council, the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiano and Federation francaise de la Couture identifying specific designers that are shown at the New York, London, Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks which are notorious for not employing diverse models.  It will be interesting to see whether runways will start to reflect reality.

Grassroots Model Movement Gains Traction

Over the past few years, CanadaFashionLaw has followed a grassroots movement within the modelling community.  Models are taking it upon themselves to cohesively promote certain workplace standards.  In some instances, modelling groups have issued a Bill of Rights.  Although more ‘policy’ than binding law, it was a serious step toward formalizing workplace standards for models. 

Yesterday’s announcement that Vogue UK signed a legally binding contract to promote ethical workplace standards for its models is a big step forward.  Below are some of the terms:

  • models will be treated with ‘respect and professionalism’
  • they will not be degraded or demeaned
  • all meals and beverages will be provided on set
  • models will approve any partial or full nudity
  • the working day will be limited to 10 hours a day, with regular breaks
  • models under the age of 16 will not be used to represent adults (it’s about bloody time!)
  • all young models will be chaperoned by an adult

In any other industry, these standards would be, well, standard,  Although this is a great step forward, CanadaFashioLaw can’t help but be saddened by the fact that it is a step forward.