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Voi Jeans files appeal against G-Star IP ruling

Rhodi, the maker of Voi Jeans, has filed an appeal against a High Court ruling that it infringed the IP rights of G-Star by copying one of its styles.

Rhodi is now waiting for permission from the Court of Appeal to proceed. If permission is granted a hearing date for the appeal will be set.

Rhodi should find out if permission has been granted in June. The hearing would likely take place early next year.

In February the High Court ruled in favour of G-Star’s claim that nine Voi Jeans styles were copied from its Arc Pant design, which launched in 2010 and is still on the market.

Rhodi said the designs were created in late 2011 by following general fashion trends in the denim market, which may explain any overlap with the Arc Pant. However, it failed to prove the designs were commonplace, and the judge ruled it had infringed G-Star’s IP rights.

Explaining the decision to appeal, Andy Lee, senior associate at Brandsmiths Solicitors, representing Rhodi, told Drapers: “We thought that on a couple of points the judge didn’t get it right and if we won on those it would have an impact on the overall result; for example, the judge ruled there was infringement in relation to nine Voi styles, but that number might be reduced.”

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Readers' comments (1)

  • If Voi were musical, they would be a covers band as they copy everyone. They really should let this go as whether they've copied G-Star on eight points of a garment instead of nine is irrelevant. They have copied G-Star, end of.

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