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Armani accuses competitors of copying

Written by Michael Coyle on 20 January 2009

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Giorgio Armani, the doyen of Italian has accused two of his most illustrious rivals at Dolce & Gabbana of copying his work and in particular one of his designs for a pair of trousers.

Dolce & Gabbana rejected the claims claiming "surely we still have much to learn,- they said. "But definitely not from him."

In the UK if Armani did not have a Registered Design if he could establish copying he would rely on section 213 of the Copyright Design and Patents Act 1988. Section s.213(1) deals with design right which is a property right which subsists in an original design. A design means the design of any aspect of the shape or configuration (whether internal or external) of the whole or part of an article.

The last word needs to go to Dolce and Gabbana who concluded "As Picasso used to say, copying from others is inevitable. But copying from oneself leads to sterility."

So put that in your pipe and smoke it Giorgio.

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