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Practices

Fashion Law

The firm’s Fashion Law Group offers comprehensive services in all areas of fashion industry law. We assist domestic and international clients in identifying and clearing core rights, creating cohesive protection for them through watch services and U.S. Customs, and through litigating infringement, unfair competition, false advertising, copyright, counterfeiting, right of publicity, cyberpiracy, and other issues involving the Internet and social media, as well as franchise, employment and manufacturing issues. We have assisted in resolving royalty and other issues between franchisors and franchisees, and issues concerning branding, pocket design and other trade dress protection, and we have the scientific background and knowledge necessary to work to protect fashion through design patents where relevant.
 
We assist in structuring, negotiating and commencing franchising, licensing, leasing, and other business arrangements within the United States. We have the breadth of experience necessary to handle retail leasing matters (i.e., flagship and street leases and related design and construction matters); labor and employment matters relevant to retailers, such as wage and hour litigation; regulatory matters involving safety and other issues that affect the fashion industry, such as advertising and labeling regulations (including retail packaging and in-store display, e-commerce, and social media); and matters involving tax and transfer pricing, SEC rules, and privacy laws. 
 
Our attorneys have had notable successes in assisting clients navigate legal issues that arise in the fashion world.
 
We helped a global fashion designer and retailer roll out a successful promotional campaign on a tight deadline, involving innovating marketing techniques. 
 
We obtained dismissal of right of publicity claims brought by a model against our European client in federal court. 
 
We successfully defended a major fashion client from claims of trade dress infringement. 
 
We negotiated a complex U.S. license agreement for an Australian owner of a popular teen brand.   
 
We negotiated numerous trademark licenses, sublicenses, and retail store leases for a European fashion client expanding in the U.S.
 
We successfully assisted a U.K. jewelry designer in an appeal in the United States Copyright Office, obtaining copyright registration for its signature jewelry line.
 
We successfully assisted a French shoe manufacturer in stopping competing lower-priced retailers from selling near-copies of popular shoe designs.
 
We police and enforce our client’s exclusive rights to a valuable mark used to brand nationally-broadcast special music and fashion events.
 

Professional Activities 

The firm is actively involved in the International Trademark Association, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, Intellectual Property Owners Association and the Copyright Society of the U.S.A.

 


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