In the past year, the $350 billion fashion industry has not only captured a share of your income, but has also seized the attention of the nation's courts. Controversial decisions have been issued in a variety of cases — from Christian Louboutin and Yves Saint Laurent's epic battle over red soles, to Marilyn Monroe and the right to use the image of arguably the most famous American "blonde." 2012 even saw Apple and Samsung square off over whether a rounded corner design can be copied.
I bet you are sitting there asking yourself - Staci, what in the world smartphones and stilettos have in common?!
Well, I will tell you.....but just not just yet! You'll need to join me at the American Bar Association's 28th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference in Arlington, Virginia.
I am honored to be invited to join a team of IP professionals and practitioners who are coming together from around the world to share and discuss the most critical issues in IP law.
During our panel discussion, "The Blonde, the Red Shoe, the Round-Cornered Rectangles: Debating the Frontiers of Trade Dress Law," we'll share insight and ideas into these issues through a series of lively debates that will explore these pivotal cases.
Please join me and my fellow panelists (listed below) analyze whether trade dress protection was properly granted by the courts, and whether as a nation, we have the proper policies in place to protect designs, prevent copying and encourage competition.
Click here for more information about the 28th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference.
Hon. Linda Kuczma, U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board
Staci Jennifer Riordan, Partner and Chair, Fashion Law Practice Group, Fox Rothschild LLP
Michael J. Allan, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Christine Haight Farley, Professor of Law, American University, Washington College of Law
Belinda J. Scrimenti, Partner, Pattishall McAuliffe
Robert O. Lindefjeld, General Counsel and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, Nantero, Inc.
Chair-Elect, ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law
Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel
1700 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Arlington, VA, 22202