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Lawyering in the Fashion Industry: A Practical Guide to Licensing, Trademark Protection & Other Industry Issues



Provided By: New York City Bar

Approved for CLE credit in: AK,AZ,CA,ME,MO,ND,NJ,NY,WV

Structuring successful license deals. Navigating license disputes. Winning the fight against counterfeiters. Litigating trademark actions. Understanding the ins and outs of customs, import and related regimes. Implementing and administering human rights compliance programs. To bring value when dealing with their clients' most pressing issues, fashion industry lawyers draw on a variety of disciplines, including intellectual property, contracts, international trade, and litigation. At this seminar an experienced panel will provide participants with practical insights on dealing effectively with these and other industry issues. The program will include an in-depth analysis of typical clauses found in fashion trademark agreements, focusing on key legal and business points for licensors and licensees. Alternatives to traditional licensing arrangements, including joint ventures, purchase options, and co-branding deals, as well as special issues in dealing with the celebrity licensor, will be examined. The panel will also focus on successful prosecution of trademark litigation and counterfeit suits, including strategic and tactical considerations. Current topics in the importing/sourcing area, including dealing with customs and related regulations and practices, as well as how to implement and administer a successful human right compliance program will also be addressed. This program is intended for those who have clients in the fashion industry, those who practice intellectual property law, business executives in the fashion industry and both lawyers and business executives who handle licensing agreements.

This program was recorded on June 10th, 2009.

  • Introduction
  • An Insider's Look at Fashion Trademark License Agreements? & Arrangements
  • Successful Approaches to Trademark Protection
  • Current Topics in the Importing/Sourcing Area
  • Implementing & Administering a Successful Human Rights
  • Questions & Answers

    This program was recorded on June 10th, 2009.

  • CLE Credit Information

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    This program is has been approved for credit in AK,AZ,CA,ME,MO,ND,NJ,NY,WV

    Experienced attorneys only (non-transitional)

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    Panelist Biographies

    Kenneth P. Kopelman

    Kramer, Levin, Naftalis & Frankel LLP

    Kenneth P. Kopelman practices business, corporate and securities law as a partner at Kramer, Levin, Naftalis & Frankel LLP, a 250 lawyer firm with offices in New York City and Paris. Mr. Kopelman has counseled clients in the fashion apparel field throughout his thirty-year career, and has been involved in the negotiation of over 50 fashion trademark license deals, representing both licensors and licensees. He is a graduate of Cornell University and Columbia Law School.

    Jonathan M. Wagner

    Litigation Partner
    Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP.

    Jonathan M. Wagner is a litigation partner at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP. He has been litigating trademark, advertising and other unfair competition suits for nearly twenty-five years, including some of the most significant Lanham Act decisions during that period. He has handled matters for the firm's major intellectual property clients, as well as for smaller and medium-sized clients, including retailers, apparel firms, consumer products companies, and software firms. Mr. Wagner also has extensive trial experience in the Lanham Act field and has published widely on the subject.

    Daryl Brown

    Social Compliance Consultant

    Daryl Brown is a Social Compliance Consultant with over 20 years of experience in the area.  Daryl worked at Fifth & Pacific Companies, Inc. (formerly, Liz Claiborne, Inc.) for 28 years. Her most recent position was Vice President of Business Ethics and Compliance which included responsibility for overseeing the Company's Factory Monitoring Program. Daryl is a former Fair Labor Association Board member, and former Co-Chair of the American Apparel and Footwear Association Social Responsibility Committee. Daryl received a B.A. in Accounting from William Paterson University and her M.B.A. in Accounting & Taxation from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She resides in Wyckoff, New Jersey with her husband of 25 years, Edward Davis.

    Arthur W. Bodek

    Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt LLP.

    Arthur W. Bodek is a partner in the New York office at Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt LLP. His practice is focused on import and export trade law, Customs law and other regulatory law as it relates to international trade. Much of his work centers around developing creative strategies to maximize benefits under Free Trade Agreements and a host of other duty-free/reduced duty tariff programs (e.g., North American Free Trade Agreement, Central American Free Trade Agreement, Generalized System of Preferences, Caribbean Basin Initiative, 9802 program, etc.). Mr. Bodek also works with clients to develop favorable tariff classifications that can be applied to the entry of their products. He devotes much of his time to assisting clients with importer security programs such as the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT). He has represented clients before US Customs and Border Protection and other federal agencies in connection with audits, investigations, penalties and other enforcement actions. Mr. Bodek regularly counsels clients on compliance issues and frequently speaks to trade audiences on these topics.

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