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This program was recorded on December 28, 2020
The fashion industry serves to regulate a $1.2-trillion global industry with $250 billion spent annually on fashion in the United States. This session will introduce participants to legal issues their clients may encounter when setting up a fashion brand. We will examine how to protect a fashion brand with a discussion of business practices and cases specific to the industry including a leading trademark case “The Red Sole Case” (Christian Louboutin v. Yves St. Laurent), a leading copyright case (Star Athletica LLC v. Varsity Brands) and criminal counterfeit schemes analyzing “The Fake-Handbag case” (United States v. Praepitcha Smatsorabudh). If time permits will discuss additional rules and regulations as time permits such as working with print and runway models including labor laws with a focus on New York’s child Model Law.
Joan is licensed to practice law in Virginia and New York, but her trademark docket includes clients from all over the U.S. Her practice concentrates on intellectual property transactions in the areas of entertainment, arts, publishing, music, fashion and luxury goods law. Joan’s background gives her a unique perspective of the literary and fashion law landscapes. The book she co-authored, Feng Shui Love, hit the “Chick-lit” world with complementary merchandise and design lines. Her experience in the fashion modeling industry landed her on the Katie Couric show. The episode high-lighted the difficulties child models encounter and parental involvement in the their children’s careers.
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- Learn the differences in patent, trademark and copyright protection in the fashion industry.
- Review the latest industry specific case law and regulations, including leading copyright and trademark law cases such as Star Athletica, LLC v. Varsity Brands, Inc., and Christian Louboutin S.A. v. Yves Saint Laurent Am. Holding, Inc.
- Review counterfeiting initiatives and U.S. v. Smatsorabudh, the “fake handbag case”
- Examine the differences between authentic and counterfeit handbags
- Learn how labor regulations affect the fashion industry by examining child fashion model regulations and New York’s child model law