Protecting shoes

Obtaining an IP foothold

Today, the highly competitive footwear market is worth in excess of £160 billion. See our round-up of retailers' creative and deliberate approaches to IP protection.

Griefsploitation, body shaming and big blue bags

A round-up of the latest advertising law issues

Last quarter was a busy time for advertising. Here is our round-up of the more controversial adverts that have hit the legal headlines.

Marketplaces and counterfeit goods

What are retailers doing about it?

The topic of online marketplaces and counterfeit goods is nothing new, but what are retailers doing about it?

Retail bites

Case law that's easy to digest

From Azumi v Zuma to Apple v Acardia, find out this year's legal decisions made or considered at trial.

Assigning a trade mark licence?

Things to consider following GNIC v Holland & Barrett

See our summary of the main issues to consider when assigning a trade mark licence.

IP in Retail Conference 2017

Catch up on the issues affecting retailers in 2017

In September, HGF held its fifth annual IP in Retail conference in London and Leeds which attracted over 100 delegates from leading wholesale, retail and fashion brands.


HGF LinkedIn Groups

LinkedIn Groups

Our groups are designed to bring together those in the fashion, cosmetics, accessories and luxury goods market who are interested in the legal side of branding and design. Join our 7,000+ strong membership delivering IP updates and news of interest to the retail, fashion, and consumer industries.

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IP in Retail

Online training


In 2020, HGF will be delivering its 8th Annual IP in Retail Conference differently. We have put together an agenda which considers topical IP issues encountered by in-house counsel for retailers and fashion brands and have planned a programme of 15 webinars, giving delegates the opportunity to select those topics of particular interest to them.

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