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Fashion Counsel: Currency & Payments in Latin America

Arent Fox today released Episode 5 of Fashion Counsel with Anthony V. Lupo. This edition features Ricardo Fischer, partner and special legal consultant to Arent Fox’s Intellectual Property and International Trade groups.

Fashion Counsel: Safety Risks and Rules for Retailers of Children’s Apparel

Arent Fox today released Episode 4 of Fashion Counsel with Anthony V. Lupo. This edition features partner Georgia Ravitz, leader of the firm’s Consumer Product Safety practice.

Fashion Counsel Executive Series: Under Armour CEO & Founder, Kevin Plank

In this episode of our Fashion Counsel Executive Series, Fashion leader Anthony Lupo sits down with Kevin Plank, the CEO & Founder of Under Armour, to discuss the famous ESPN Magazine advertisement that put Under Armour on the map, the rise of fashion’s influence on athletic apparel (and vice versa), major competitors and celebrity endorsements, and international strategy, particularly in China. To watch the interview, click on the link below.

J. Crew Sues Former Designer for Alleged Trade Secrets Violation

In a recent case in New York, J. Crew Group, Inc. sued one of its former designers, Dwight Fenton, for breaching its duty of confidentiality, unfair competition and misappropriation, alleging that, when he left the company to work for a direct competitor, he took with him trade secrets and other confidential business information for use at his new job.

March 16, 2013: Derivation Under New First-to-File Patent System

What Is Derivation? Derivation occurs when one obtains an invention from another. As the US moves from a first-to-invent to a first-to-file system under the American Invents Act (AIA) on March 16, 2013, derivation is an issue in two contexts: (1) as an exception to novelty defeating acts; and (2) in derivation proceedings that replace interferences.

Accommodations Delayed Are Not Accommodations Denied: JPMorgan Chase Cleared in ADA Suit

In a recent decision, the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio rejected ADA claims against JPMorgan Chase, finding that the company had reasonably accommodated the plaintiff during an extended period that included both intermittent and continuous FMLA leave. Johnson v. JPMorgan Chase & Co. No. 2:11-cv-00373-EAS-EPD (S.D. Ohio, February 6, 2013).

Federal Jury Verdict Finds Aeropostale Infringed Copyrights on Floral Textile Designs

A California federal jury determined two floral designs manufactured into garments imported by Ms. Bubbles Inc. and sold in Aeropostale stores, infringed copyrighted designs of a snowflake and a rose owned by Plaintiff LA Printex. The Defendants argued the textile designs lack valid registered copyrights, were never marketed and were created during the litigation, however, after two hours of deliberation, the federal jury found Aeropostale infringed the textile designs and there was willful infringement by Ms. Bubbles.

Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Affirms Rejection of Lululemon’s Oversized Logo As Ornamental

The US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) affirmed a decision rejecting Lululemon Athletica Canada Inc.’s (Lululemon) trademark application for a large version of its logo as used on the front of hooded sweatshirts, jackets and coats. While the TTAB recognized that the appearance of oversized logos on clothing and fashion items was becoming more frequent and could be protectable, it held that Lululemon failed to provide sufficient evidence to meet the standards for registrability.

Alleged Software Piracy by Overseas Fashion Firms Gives Rise to Unfair Competition Claims in California

The California Attorney General recently filed two lawsuits in state court against Chinese and Indian apparel manufacturers, accusing the companies of obtaining an unfair competitive advantage over US firms through the use of pirated software. See People of the State of California v. Ningbo Beyond Home Textile Co., Ltd., No. BC499771 (Cal. Super. Ct. Jan. 24, 2013); People of the State of California v. Pratibha Syntex Ltd., No. BC499751 (Cal. Super. Ct. Jan. 24, 2013).

The Client Strikes Back: Defamation Cases in California and Virginia Illustrate Dangers of Suing Over Critical Internet Reviews

Two recent defamation cases highlight the risks involved in suing former customers or clients for defamation based on the posting of negative online reviews on Internet review websites such as and Not only does a defamation claim run the risk of igniting free speech concerns in the context, but filing a weak claim could expose a company to liability in states that have strong anti-SLAPP statutes.