Radiant Cosmetics: What's in a Pout?
In 2006, Radiant Cosmetics president and CEO, Margaret Clark was contemplating the launch of a new, lip-plumping product called "Four Carat Pout." Clark faced many decisions concerning the launch: marketing the product as a luxury brand or a retail item; how to position the product as a possible starting point for an expanded anti-aging line; and how to market and distribute the product internationally, particularly in France. Issues of intellectual property were also essential to the launch: in the past, Radiant had faced problems with cosmetic counterfeits. With the launch of the new product Four Carat Pout, Clark needed to decide whether to pursue patents, copyrights and/or trademarks for various aspects of the new product. The case focuses on the interplay between marketing strategies and intellectual property issues in international fashion products.