On 25 May the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) began to apply directly. The regulation, motivated by current technological advances and the complexity of the processing of personal data, was intended to find a new formula to guarantee an adequate level of protection for natural persons in the European Union and avoid divergences that hinder the free circulation of personal data within the internal market.
The protection of designs in the fashion industry continues to be an unresolved problem. Much of the current litigation in the clothing sector deals with infraction of industrial design due to the increase in “knockoffs” of designers’ creations. In the fashion industry there is still discrepancy about whether knockoffs are authentic copies of the original designs or if they are simply inspirations.