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What’s the advantage to creative designers of a legal system that protects not only trademarks, but also the underlying designs?  UK Independent reporter Susie Mesure reports on the results of recent actions by Jimmy Choo and Chloe against high street copyists.  The short answer: £££.  (That’s $$$ on this side of the pond – or would be, if US law recognized such claims.)  And yes, those quotes are from your humble blogger – thanks, Susie.

Interestingly, the article also notes that, according to a survey by the law firm Davenport Lyons, only 39% of consumers believe that lookalikes or knockoffs harm the original brands, as opposed to 55% who recognize harm from fakes or counterfeits.  Then again, 33% of women lie about our weight, too.

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