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Important Trademark Litigation Victory For HBA Client Affirmed on Appeal

Essentially concluding over five years of litigation, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals on November 2, 2017 upheld the trial court’s determination that the sale of Clipps bag closures by Schutte Bagclosures Inc. (“Schutte”) did not infringe any trademark rights Kwik Lok Corporation (“Kwik Lok”). The court further upheld the lower court’s determination that Kwik Lok’s claimed trademark rights in the shape of bag closures were invalid because the shape was “functional” and that Kwik Lok’s trademark registration for that shape should be cancelled.
The same parties previously faced each other in court in the Netherlands, where the judge also ruled that Kwik Lok did not have valid trademark rights in their bag closures.

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HBA joins the Luxury Law Alliance

I only like luxury fashion. You have to decide where you stand. I like well-made, authentic clothes, well-crafted tailoring. I also like the dream and fantasy of luxury, the exception and rarity of it. I have no interest at all in fast retail. It is ambiguous. – Hedi Slimane

The law as it applies to luxury fashion companies is nuanced and evolving.  As such, the need to network with other lawyers working in the industry has never been greater.  The Luxury Law Alliance is the world’s first connected network for luxury lawyers. Its alumni include the best luxury companies with a network that showcases its members to the world of luxury from a legal perspective. After partner Douglas Hand attended and spoke at the Luxury Law Summit in London in May 2016, HBA was invited to become a member of the Luxury Law Alliance. HBA will continue to grow its already successful international practice headed by partner Carl Van der Zandt with engagements with fashion and luxury companies in Europe.

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