Irene Calboli, ‘Trade mark licensing and Covid-19: why fashion companies have a duty to comply with their legal obligations’

“For the past several months, Covid-19 has dominated the intellectual property (IP) debate. Most discussions have focused on the implications of patent protection on access to treatments against the virus and a hopefully soon to be found vaccine. In these remarks, I would like to focus on another Covid-19 crisis making headlines across the world and partially related to IP: millions of workers in the garment industry in developing countries have been fired or furloughed as fashion companies have cancelled orders due to plunging sales since the pandemic’s beginning. Famous Western groups such as Inditex (Zara), C&A, Target, and Marks & Spencer are among the companies involved in this humanitarian crisis …”

Irene Calboli, Trade mark licensing and Covid-19: why fashion companies have a duty to comply with their legal obligations, Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice, volume 15, issue 7, July 2020, pages 489-490, https://doi.org/10.1093/jiplp/jpaa088.

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