Lilian Min
August 06, 2016 12:36 pm
Universal Pictures

If you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of decades, you’ll know that fast fashion chains like H&M, Forever 21, and Zara have come under fire before for stealing designs from indie illustrators. But of course, these stores also have a habit of stocking clothes that look eerily similar to the designer goods coming down fashion week runways.

While many of us consciously go to these places to get these heavily discounted versions of runway fashion, big design houses are taking notice. And now, many heavyweights in the fashion world have signed an amicus (aka “friend of the court”) brief in the ongoing legal battle between… Apple and Samsung?

That’s right: Designers like Alexander Wang, Calvin Klein, and Dries Van Noten are among the big fashion names paying close attention to this smartphone design case, which heads to the Supreme Court in October.

The reason why they’re paying particular attention is because the Apple and Samsung case has to do with patent infringement; specifically, that Samsung’s designs looks too similar to Apple’s.

This case has been going on since 2012, and is part of a larger copyright/patent law battle being waged between the two companies around the world.

Another upcoming Supreme Court case is also tackling close copycat cases, except in the world of cheerleading uniforms. Together, these cases — the cheerleaders and the smartphones — could have lasting implications in the intellectual property legal gray area, meaning that we might be saying goodbye to those down-to-the-last-detail fast fashion knockoffs soon. Considering that it’s getting easier for folks in other creative fields, like music, to go after uncredited and uncompensated samples and similarities, we and the world of fashion will be keeping on eye on both of these cases as they go down in the Supreme Court.