By  on May 14, 2009

SANTA ANA, Calif. — Trovata charged in federal court that Forever 21 knowingly copied its clothing, and the cheap-chic retailer argued that the disputed designs are not unique to Trovata or protected under the law.


The outcome of the trial, which got under way late Tuesday afternoon in U.S. District Court here after two years of legal maneuvering, could clarify intellectual property rights in an era when facsimiles of runway looks are likely to appear in global specialty chains before the designers’ original versions hit stores.

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