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




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.

Provided By: New York City Bar

  • 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 is a partner and co-chair of the Corporate Governance practice within Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP Corporate Department, advises businesses, Boards, Board committees (compensation, audit and governance) and directors on a full range of governance, compliance and disclosure matters, providing counsel both on a regular ongoing basis and in the context of special situations, including contests for corporate control and internal inquiries and investigations. Areas of focus include representation of compensation committees (including advice regarding "say on pay", executive compensation plans and individual packages), evolving director responsibilities, "corporate democracy" issues, and formulation and implementation of the full range of Board policies, including "best practices". Ken's approach to working with Boards is informed by his own 20 years' service as a director of public companies, including an S&P 500 consumer products company (NYSE) and a computer software firm (NASDAQ). Most recently, Ken was recognized as one of the most influential people in corporate governance by the National Association of Corporate Directors' (NACD's) national magazine, Directorship - who named him to its annual list, the "Directorship 100". Ken has written extensively on governance-related topics, and lectures regularly on a variety of governance, compensation and related topics, including at the New York City Bar Association, the NACD, TIAA-CREF, the NYSE and the Conference Board. He has been named as a New York Super Lawyer in Corporate Governance since its inception. Over his career, Ken has regularly acted as corporate counsel to a number of significant companies in a wide variety of industries, with a special concentration within the apparel and fashion fields. Work includes the full range of business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, licensing arrangements, financings, joint ventures and executive compensation. Ken organized and is chair of the program "Lawyering In The Fashion Industry: A Practical Guide to Licensing, Trademark Protection & Other Industry Issues," held annually at the New York City Bar Association. Ken also has extensive experience in the corporate side of bankruptcies, being the senior-most member of the Kramer Levin corporate team in the firm's representations of the creditors' committees in the Chrysler, GM and Capmark cases, and of St. Vincent Catholic Medical Center. Ken is a graduate of Columbia Law School and Cornell, and received a general course certificate from The London School of Economics.

    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 Bodek is a partner 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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