Karla Aspiras is Counsel for Tapestry Inc., the parent company of Coach, Kate Spade and Stuart Weitzman brands. Karla is responsible for global anti-counterfeiting for all brands and develops and implements the global brand protection strategy, and manages civil anti-counterfeiting litigation. Karla is also responsible for the global IP portfolio of all Tapestry brands, including domestic and international prosecution and manages foreign outside counsel for foreign IP matters. She advises the businesses on clearance of product design, packaging, naming, copy and marketing material. She also counsels brand management on a variety of intellectual property and related issues, including advertising, marketing and social media.
As founder and Chief Underpants Officer of Joe Boxer, Nick Graham changed the face of fashion when he turned his underwear company into one of America’s most popular lifestyle brands. Sensing an opportunity that American men are increasingly frustrated with the choices they have in menswear, Graham launched his first eponymous brand in 2014 to address what he defines as the “Perennial Millennial” consumer. By offering a style that he calls Post-Prep, the brand is quickly becoming known for offering modern solutions to men’s fashion.
Lori B. Leskin is valued by consumer products clients for her ability to successfully assess, strategize, and implement unique solutions to their unique problems. Ms. Leskin handles all aspects of litigation strategy for complex nationwide and multidistrict litigations involving a variety of products, including successfully defending consumer fraud and other class actions on behalf of clients such as Hain Celestial and Avon in the Southern District of New York and other venues throughout the country, and representing Bayer Corporation and Pfizer Inc. as national counsel in several on-going product liability litigations.
Joseph J. Conklin is Senior Vice President, Global Deputy General Counsel for Coty Inc. Coty is a leading beauty company with annual sales of roughly $9 Billion per year. Among many others, Coty products include fragrances manufactured under license from luxury brands such as Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, Gucci, Burberry, Chloe and Hugo Boss, cosmetics sold under the OPI, Rimmel, Cover Girl and adidas brands and hair care products under the Clairol and Wella lines. Mr. Conklin has been with Coty for 12 years. His team is responsible for trademark, patent, brand protection and litigation initiatives for Coty worldwide as well as certain advertising, marketing, and departmental management matters.
Prior to JOOR, Jon is a 10 year veteran of the digital media world. He has experience across all digital channels and SaaS: display, search, SEO, video, social, UGC/UGA, Retail Technology, and native. He has helped organizations to use AdTech products to achieve over $50MM in new revenue over the past 3+ years and has been recognized in the industry as a leader in tech and software sales.
Jenny Kim is the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Mercari Inc., a c2c marketplace with 50MM downloads in the U.S. She oversees its Legal Affairs, Third Party Brand, HR and Compliance departments. Mercari was founded in 2013 in Japan, where it IPO’d in June of 2018. Jenny joined Mercari with 25-years experience as a corporate attorney representing companies of all sizes, including those in the top 50 of the Fortune 500 list.
Jenny held roles previously with Intel and Visa. At Intel, she was vice president and associate general counsel, responsible for providing legal counsel to C-suite executives in all corporate matters as well as management of SEC and foreign securities reporting, trade and export compliance.
Prior to Intel, Jenny was senior vice president and senior associate general counsel, securities and finance at Visa. She was instrumental in Visa’s global public filings in 2007,
counseling senior management in all aspects of public company compliance, governance, treasury and regulatory matters. Jenny architected Visa’s SOX controls as a public company and worked closely with Visa’s board of directors, serving as ad-hoc secretary to its audit and risk committees.
Jenny’s Mercari listings range from once-loved luxury pieces to leisurewear to art supplies.
Since 2010, Asher Levine has been at the frontier of new design, exemplified through his commitment to experimental fashions and far-reaching collaborations with cultural influencers.
Asher Levine’s novel approaches have garnered a strong, cult following among celebrities, as well as international recognition. Asher Levine’s pioneering designs position him to be a premier brand for the 21st century.
Levine learned to sew at the early age of ten. He continued to cultivate his talent for garment-making into his college years, where he majored in business management, all while exploring the surrounding environs of New York City’s avant-garde underground nightlife.
Now thirty-four, Levine’s work has been recognized by The Fashion Group International, Forbes 30 Under 30, and placed in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, alongside designers like Iris Van Herpen, Thierry Mugler, Rick Owens, and Pierre Cardin.
CERVIERI MONSUÁREZ is a law firm specializing in intellectual property, with offices in Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia and one in the Uruguayan Free Trade Zone, WTC Montevideo.
The firm focuses on the defense of intellectual property rights and has specialists in anti-piracy, trademarks, patents, copyrights, industrial designs, signal piracy and regulatory matters, among other specialities, with lawyers and notaries in all specialities and at all ranks. All matters are worked on as a team by senior and junior lawyers, specialized in each area. In addition to its broad client portfolio, the firm stands out for its successful work and famous cases in the country. This has brought the firm international recognition and even high positions in the world of intellectual property for its partners.
Cervieri Monsuárez understands how to use the key location of Uruguay, a regional transit country for goods, to develop a regional strategy to combat trademark counterfeiting. This element is highly valued by clients, who centralize work in Uruguay to control the entry of counterfeits into the rest of South America, Central America and the Caribbean.
CM is the first law firm in the country to develop its own online monitoring system applied to all of Latin America, which in recent years has allowed the removal of millions of publications that violated trademarks, patents or copyrights of dozens of companies that were being harmed by the growth of e-commerce and the lack of controls in online sales platforms and social networks.
The company is also committed in terms of Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility. In 2020, Cervieri Monsuárez received the “ReAction in times of pandemic” of DERES, as the firm created the CM Green campaign, where the whole team committed to contribute to the environment and raise awareness about sustainable actions that can help our planet. In 2021, the company applied again for the pandemic award with an action concerning the protection of companies and small businesses in relation to online crimes such as phishing and data protection, and was awarded by DERES with the 2021 distinction. Finally, CM received a second BEST PRACTICES award from DERES, due to our sustainable destruction system for infringing goods, in which the firm takes advantage of the waste produced by the destruction of counterfeit products and transforms it into plates that have different uses (they are used for construction, for receivers, for animal protection, among others). CM was also awarded with the “Green Swag Award” at the 2022 INTA Annual Meeting, for having the most sustainable booth of the conference.