Matthew Pryke discusses Alexander McQueen’s label being sued over Kate Middleton’s wedding dress in IP Magazine

Claims that the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress was a copycat design have surfaced but how likely are they to succeed?

In the article published in IP Magazine, Hamlins’ IP partner Matthew Pryke discusses the claim made by designer Christine Kendall against the Alexander McQueen label. He argues that Kendall must find a way of finding persuasive evidence to show the court that the wedding dress design similarities are such that there has been copying of a substantial part of her original work, which benefitted from her skill and labour.

Matthew Pryke also advises that businesses in the fashion industry should take appropriate steps to avoid not only copyright issues, but also reputational damage from occurring.

This article was first published on 2nd June 2016 in Intellectual Property Magazine.