In Converse Fight, IP's Limits For Fashion Are On Display

Law360, New York (October 16, 2014, 9:20 PM EDT) -- The flood of lawsuits Converse filed this week over sneakers that look like its classic Chuck Taylor are more than just a new court fight — they're a case study on how brands are stretching existing U.S. intellectual property law to fill what some experts say are big gaps in protection for the fashion industry.

The suits, which claim that big-name retailers like Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and shoe-making rivals such as Skechers USA Inc. are infringing Converse's trade dress rights in the Chuck, aren't exactly a slam dunk for Converse, since it's going to have to convince a court that its shoes...

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