Advising Clients Entering the Fashion Arena (On-Demand)

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Course Description

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.


  1. Learn the differences in patent, trademark, and copyright protection in the fashion industry.
  2. 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.
  3. Review counterfeiting initiatives and U.S. v. Smatsorabudh, the “fake handbag case”
  4. Examine the differences between authentic and counterfeit handbags
  5. Learn how labor regulations affect the fashion industry by examining child fashion model regulations and New York’s child model law


Joan Davis, Esq.

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Joan Davis, Esq.

General Credits