The manufacturing process is very labour intensive and each jacket can take up to a day to make. The process begins in the Karen Millen atelier in Shoreditch where the intricate pattern pieces are created for each jacket. Some take up 50 different pieces to complete the jacket.
Advocate General’s Answer: Article 6 of Council Regulation (EC) No 6/2002 of 12 December 2001 on Community designs is to be interpreted as meaning that, in order for a design to be considered to have individual character, the overall impression which that design produces on the informed user must be different from that produced on such a user by one or more earlier designs taken individually and viewed as a whole, not by an amalgam of various features of earlier designs.
Karen Millen was successful in its infringement claim before the Irish High Court. Dunnes Stores appealed the decision to the Irish Supreme Court and the case was then referred to the Court of Justice of the European (CJEU) for a decision on the interpretation of the Regulation. Advocate General Wathelet has just handed down his Opinion that in order for a design to have individual character, the overall impression which that design produces on the informed user must be different from that produced on such a user by one or more earlier designs taken separately viewed as a whole, not by a composite of various features from earlier designs.