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Timeline: Copyright claims and counterfeiters

New research suggests nearly 400,000 jobs have been lost in the British fashion industry over the last 20 years because of counterfeiting, which costs the European fashion industry £5bn every year. Drapers looks back over some of the cases that made headline news.

July 2007- Topshop is told to destroy more than 1000 dresses and pay £12,000 in compensation to fashion house Chloe, after producing a copycat yellow dungaree dress

October 2010- Italian fashion brand Fendi sues the US department store Burlington Coat Factory for $10 million (£6.35million) for selling counterfeit handbags.

December 2010- Deckers, the parent company of American footwear brand Ugg, files a case against sheepskin product retailer Emu Australia for trademark infringement.  

May 2012- Burberry is awarded £63 million after taking a string of Chinese counterfeiters to court for selling products bearing the Burberry logo and trademark plaid check.

July 2012- US accessories brand Coach files a case against Linda and Courtney Allen, a mother and daughter partnership, for selling counterfeit handbags online, resulting in a $44 million (£29 million) pay out.

August 2012 - Zatchels agrees to pay an undisclosed sum to The Cambridge Satchel Company over infringement of intellectual property rights. 

September 2012-  Christian Louboutin’s red sole receives trademark protection following months of wrangling in court. The protection does not apply if the rest of the shoe is red.

September 2012 –Arcadia agrees to pay an undisclosed sum to Fred Perry over the use of the fashion brand’s iconic laurel wreath emblem.

February 2013- Fred Perry settles a dispute with the Hut Group for using both the Fred Perry logo and the Laurel Wreath logo on jumpers sold at their various online outlets.


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