Fashion Counsel with Anthony V. Lupo

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Fashion Counsel with Anthony V. Lupo

Bernice K. Leber

Bernice Leber, Partner at Arent Fox
Bernice K. Leber
New York, NY

Bernice K. Leber’s practice concentrates on the prosecution and defense of complex civil business disputes, with an emphasis on those involving commercial disputes (real property, securities, financial and intellectual property). She also handles professional liability cases, ethics and disciplinary matters involving lawyers, law firms and accountants.

She served as New York State Bar President from 2008-2009.

Bernice has handled, over her career, the following intellectual property, contract cases, and alternative dispute resolution matters, among others, for notable fashion industry clients:

  • Raske et al. v. Next Management, LLC, Wilhelmina Models, Inc., Ford Models Inc., et al., in winning a dismissal of all allegations against a modeling agency client, as well as in the subsequent class action involving Shanklin, et al.
  • Givenchy Inc. v. Wm. Stuart Inc., in successfully defending the licensee’s right to distribute trademarked goods throughout Canada and the US.
  • J.K.Walkden Ltd. v. Lord & Taylor, in winning a $3.0 million jury verdict against the retailer in the fur industry.
  • White House/Black Market Inc. and Chico’s v. Cache, Farhang, in successfully defending and winning dismissal of the preliminary injunction/damage action against the retailer over a non-compete clause.
  • Readmob Technologies v. David’s Bridal
  • Fears, et al v. Wilhelmina Model Agency, Inc., Ford Models, Inc. (f.k.a Ford Model Agency), et al.
  • Men Women N.Y. Model Management Inc. v. Ford Models, Inc.
  • Ford Models Inc. v. Next Management Inc.
  • Davis v. Sketchers USA
  • Nancy Johnson v. Carmen Marc Valvo
  • John Forsyth v. Gitano Licensing Ltd.
  • Les Fourrures Global v. Lord & Taylor
  • Winter v. Jones Apparel Group
  • Boynton v. Kahn-Lucas-Lancaster; In Re G Survivor Corp. f/k/a The Gitano Group, Inc.
  • Gonzalez v. Guez and Sasson Jeans, Ltd. et al.
  • Shaw v. Budget Dress Co.
  • Plaque v. Revillon Inc.
  • Cintas v. Kaplan; In Re Antonovich

Blog Posts by Bernice K. Leber

Intellectual Property
Distinctions in Clothing Play Key Role in ‘Kate Spade Saturday’ Trademark Dispute

Last month, the US District Court for the Southern District of New York denied injunctive relief to clothing designer and retailer Saturdays Surf LLC for trademark infringement asserted against Kate Spade LLC.1

Kate Spade filed the lawsuit against Saturdays Surf seeking a judgment that Kate Spade’s use of the trademark “Kate Spade Saturday” did not infringe upon the mark “Saturdays Surf NYC.” In response, Saturdays Surf filed a counterclaim alleging that Kate Spade Saturday infringed on its trademark rights.

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