UK fashion designer Karen Millen lost the right to trade under her name following a judgement at the English High Court.

Karen Millen founded her women’s clothing business in 1983 then opened a chain of shops trading as ‘Karen Millen’.

In 2004 she signed a share purchase agreement (SPA) with an Icelandic consortium.  The SPA contained a number of covenants related to Karen Millen’s future conduct.  Karen Millen is not now permitted to use the trade marks ‘Karen Millen’, ‘KM’ and ‘K Millen’ in the US and China.  Karen Millen Fashions, (now owned by an Icelandic consortium), now own the rights to the name and its similar variations.