27 Feb '13, 10pm

A Handbag Maker Battles Counterfeits and Copyright Copycats - Corporate Counsel

A Handbag Maker Battles Counterfeits and Copyright Copycats - Corporate Counsel

When Julie Deane invested £600 to found The Cambridge Satchel Company Ltd. in 2008, she knew fending off counterfeits and other forms of fraud would be an unavoidable cost of doing business in the apparel and accessories industry. But she didn’t predict that so many of her IP troubles would originate so close to home. “I expected that if the company were to be successful, there would be imitations and people setting out to copy, but I didn’t think they would come from within the U.K.,” says Deane. “I thought that they would come from Asia.” What she found instead were many nearby entities willing to engage in counterfeiting, copyright infringement, and cybersquatting—one of them literally right under her nose. In 2010 Deane enlisted Leicester Remedials & Sewing to help keep up with increasing demand for her company’s leather handbags. Not long after, an anonymous phone cal...

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