Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law’s Third Annual Fashion La...
Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law’s Third Annual Fashion Law Symposium
Navigating the Runway: A Closer Look at the Issues Facing the Fashion Law Industry
Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law hosts the Third Annual Fashion Law Symposium, Navigating the Runway: A Closer Look at the Issues Facing the Fashion Law Industry. This year’s event explores social media and the Internet, in-house fashion law, intellectual property issues, fashion mergers and acquisitions, and more. Sponsored by the Fashion Law Society and the John F. Scarpa Center for Law and Entrepreneurship, this symposium brings together fashion experts and trendsetters in the industry, including Lee Sporn, Former Senior Vice President of Business Affairs, General Counsel, and Secretary of Michael Kors Holdings Limited; Susan Posen, Chair at House of Z LLC/Zac Posen; Julie Zerbo, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Fashion Law; and more.
The symposium will take place on Friday, February 24, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in room 101 - Hirsch Classroom at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law (299 North Spring Mill Road, Villanova). This program is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 3.5 substantive CLE credits.
Panel 1: The Latest Trends Affecting the Internet’s Impact on the Fashion Industry
This panel will discuss the issues and challenges facing fashion companies as well as individual designers due to the growth of the Internet and social media. Topics will include: technology, E-Commerce, advertising, marketing, consumer protection, privacy and data security for a fashion company. In addition, this panel will address counseling a fashion client’s use of social media platforms.
Natalie Newman, Vice President, Associate General Counsel, Michael Kors Holdings Limited
Natalie Newman is Vice President, Associate General Counsel at Michael Kors, in New York. At Michael Kors, Natalie is primarily responsible for all legal matters, on a global basis, relating to Technology, E-Commerce, Communications, Media, Advertising, Marketing, consumer protection, retail, privacy and data security. Prior to joining Michael Kors in 2012, Natalie was as Associate in the Privacy and Data Security and Technology, Media and Communications practice groups of the Corporate Department in the New York office of Proskauer. Natalie received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002, and her J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2005.
Matthew A. Homyk, Associate, Blank Rome LLP
Matthew Homyk concentrates his practice in intellectual property matters and related business issues confronting companies and individuals in many industries, ranging from fashion, e-commerce, social networking, insurance, musical instruments, and building materials. He serves a wide range of clients in areas including: social networking (e.g., Facebook and Twitter) legal issues; domestic and international trademark and copyright counseling; counterfeit products enforcement in the United States, China, and India, including Chinese counterfeiting litigation counseling; patent prosecution and patent litigation; copyright registration; prosecution of trademark and service mark applications; internet issues, domain name disputes, UDRP proceedings, and e-commerce issues; preparation and negotiation of technology transfer, assignment, and confidentiality agreements; domestic and international license agreements for trademarks, copyrights, software, and know-how. Mr. Homyk uses his experience in web design, social networking, web analytics, and search engine optimization (“SEO”) to provide high-level Internet business counseling to clients in conjunction with traditional patent, trademark, and copyright services. Mr. Homyk is the Adjunct Professor of Trademark Law at Villanova University School of Law. He is also a member of the Law Firm Committee of the International Trademark Association (“INTA”). Prior to joining Blank Rome, Mr. Homyk interned for the General Counsel of The Barnes Foundation, an educational institution dedicated to appreciation of the fine arts and horticulture.
LUNCH BREAK – 12:40-1:10 PM
Panel 2: Counseling the Creative, the Role of General Counsels in the Fashion Industry
Fashion companies strive constantly to create new designs and to drive business by expanding into new products and territories, and innovating new ways of exciting customers. This panel will focus on the role of general counsel in supporting the fashion company’s ambitions, while minimizing the risk of liability and navigating constantly evolving legal rights and obligations.
Lee S. Sporn, Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP
Lee S. Sporn is Of Counsel with the NYC law firm Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP in its Intellectual Property Law practice, where he focuses on clients in the luxury goods, fashion and retail industries. He is an internationally renowned intellectual property and corporate lawyer and a leader in the fashion and retail law industry. Mr. Sporn has over 25 years of experience in the fashion industry, having recently retired as Senior Vice President - Business Affairs, General Counsel and Secretary of Michael Kors Holdings Limited, where he was at various times responsible for its legal, human resources, store design, construction and facilities departments. Prior to joining Kors in 2003, he was the Senior Vice President, General Counsel at Kasper A.S.L., Ltd., then owner of the Anne Klein and Kasper brands, and prior to that Lee was at Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation for 11 years, where he served as Vice President, Intellectual Property and Associate General Counsel, responsible for worldwide intellectual property enforcement, licensing and a wide variety of commercial and compliance matters. He was instrumental in the creation, and is the co-director, of the FAME Center (Fashion, Arts, Media and Entertainment) at Cardozo Law School, where he is a Professor from Practice. Mr. Sporn is a contributor to Fashion Law, A Guide for Designers, Fashion Executives & Attorneys (Fairchild Books, 2014), and was the co-editor of the seminal treatise Trademark Counterfeiting (Aspen Law & Business, 1999). Lee is a past Chairman of the International Anti-counterfeiting Coalition and served on its board of directors and executive committee for over a decade, and in May of 2016 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Luxury Law Awards in London.
Susan Posen, Chair, House of Z LLC/Zac Posen
Speaker 1: Confronting Disclosure Issues Under the Federal Trade Commission Act
Julie Zerbo, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, The Fashion Law
Julie Zerbo is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Fashion Law, one of the leading authoritative sources dedicated to the field of fashion law and the business of fashion. She has been profiled by the Wall Street Journal, Reuters and NBC, and has been cited by publications including the New York Times, the New York Post, and Vogue publications worldwide, among others. She was named one of The 50 Fashion Social Media Voices to Follow by New York Magazine's The Cut.
Julie authored a chapter and assisted in editing Fashion Law: A Guide for Designers, Fashion Executives, and Attorneys, a leading fashion law textbook in law schools in the U.S. She also exclusively pens the “WWD Law Review” column for Women’s Wear Daily. She consistently speaks and guest lectures at industry events, educational institutions, and in various media formats on the topics of fashion, law, business, and pop culture.
Panel 3: Crimes of Fashion, The Law of Protecting Your Fashion Designs
The legal challenges facing fashion companies can be complex and extensive. This panel will focus on all of the issues relating specifically to intellectual property, including, but not limited to trademarks, patents, and counterfeiting. This panel will also explore the steps fashion companies take to combat the counterfeiting industry.
**Parking is free for all attendees
Program registrants who are unable to afford continuing legal course registration fees due to financial hardship may petition for registration fee waivers or discounted program fees. A petition for a reduced fee shall be filed at the same time the attorney pre-registers for the program, and states why the normal fee associated with the program causes the lawyer a financial hardship. The petition must be signed by the lawyer. The Law School's CLE coordinator may waive or reduce the fee for the CLE program at his/her discretion.