Mathis, Inc. is a designer and manufacturer of women’s clothing and specializes in high-end women’s winter fashions. Normandale, a retailer, sells high-end products in malls throughout the country. With Mathis’s high costs, Normandale is unable to make a profit from the sale of Mathis’s products.
Countess Lori-Ann (CLA) is a Mathis competitor. Normandale sends photographs and samples of the Mathis line to CLA and instructs them to make an identical line at a lower price. Mathis labels are easily discernable in the photographs and the samples have the Mathis label attached. CLA copies the Mathis line for Normandale.
CLA sells the clothing to Normandale at a low price allowing Normandale to sell the products for a total gross profit of nearly $3 million, an increase of nearly 50% over its sale of Mathis products. Mathis discovers that Normandale is selling counterfeit products, and sends several cease-and-desist letters to them—to no avail. Mathis then sues Normandale alleging Normandale has engaged in illegal conduct. Normandale counters that it did nothing wrong.
Research business law in regard to protection of intellectual property using your textbook, the Argosy University online library resources, and the Internet. Based on the facts of the case and research, write an analytical paper. In the paper, respond to the following questions:
Write a five-page paper in Word format. Apply APA standards for writing style to your work.
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Assignment 2 Grading Criteria
Explained the ethical question of Normandale’s actions to copy and sell the knock-off product
Detailed the Federal and or State intellectual property laws and their application to this situation.
Listed and explained what damages, if any, that Mathis suffered as a result of Normandale’s actions.
Compared and contrasted the various viewpoints regarding social responsibility of corporations such as Normandale.
Recommended an ethical code for Normandale that would prevent a reoccurrence of a similar situation.
Determined and explained any consequences to Normandale’s owners in terms of personal liability toward Mathis.
Determined and explained any consequences to Normandale’s owners in terms of criminal liability toward Mathis.
Introduction, Thesis, Transitions, and Conclusion.
Usage and Mechanics
Grammar, Spelling, and Sentence structure.
Attribution, Paraphrasing, and Quotations.
Audience, and Word Choice.
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