2019 Agenda

Wednesday, November 13th 2019 – New York

08:15              Morning Refreshments & Registration

08:50              Welcome & chair’s opening remarks

Barbara Kolsun, Professor of Fashion Law and Director, Cardozo’s FAME (Fashion Arts Media and Entertainment) Program

09:00              Luxury Rental and Resale: An emerging market

Rentals, technology and why Silicon Valley is helping shape new luxury trends
Tim Hirsch, General Counsel, CaaStle

09:30              Luxury: The Intersection of Sustainability and Technology

Moderator: Roxanne Elings, Davis Wright Tremaine

10:00              The CEO interview: Luxury Travel

Barnabas Carrega, Founder & CEO GR8 Group in conversation with Lee Sporn

10:30              Refreshments and networking

11:00              A Global Perspective

Three T’s that will impact your supply chain – Tax, Trade and Technology

Tax: Recent changes in the international tax landscape are likely to have a material impact on the legal entity and operation structure of many businesses – the panel will unpick the key points and explain their implications

Trade: The continuing impact of trade disputes and Brexit on global supply chains, and how the legal function can respond

Technology: How Blockchain could be transformative for tracing and anti-counterfeiting efforts

Moderator: Teresa Michaud, Partner, Baker McKenzie (Dispute Resolution, Los Angeles)

  • James Wilson, Partner, Baker McKenzie (Tax, Washington, DC)
  • Peter George, Partner, Baker McKenzie (IPTech, Chicago)
  • Jessica Mutton, Associate, Baker McKenzie (International Commercial & Trade, London)

11:30              Luxury In-House Counsel: Protecting Luxury Fashion Brands

Moderator: Barbara Kolsun, Chair

  • Karla Aspiras, Intellectual Property Counsel, Tapestry
  • Paula Barnes, Senior Counsel, Macy’s, Inc
  • Ava Farshidi, Assistant General Counsel, David Yurman
  • Derek Morales, Director, Brand Protection Counsel, Ralph Lauren Corporation
  • Hank Rouda, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Legal Affairs, Giorgio Armani Corporation

12:00              How to protect your business in Canada and the US
  • Recent developments in US and Canadian law impacting the ability to limit the flow of counterfeit products and grey goods in the luxury goods space.
  • Best practices in the US and Canada to prevent the influx of counterfeit luxury goods
  • Recent trademark and copyright cases of interest in each country which will impact the luxury goods area.

Moderator: Louis Ederer, Partner, Arnold & Porter

12.30              How to protect your business in China

This discussion will look at the latest requirements for brands when doing business in China including new China IP laws and processes:

  • Trademark Laws – Amended to Address Squatter Issues – Effective November 1, 2019
  • E-Commerce Law to Deal w/ Platforms
  • Cyberspace Court
  • Case Studies & Best Practices in China– Brick & Mortar Retail, E-commerce Platforms & related IP Squatter Issues

Moderator: Jason Drangel, Partner, Epstein Drangel

13:00              Lunch and networking

13:45              Luxury in LatinAm Dra. Virginia Cervieri, Cervieri Monsuárez & Asoc

14:00              The CEO Interview

Adam Brown, Founder, Orlebar Brown

14:30              Antitrust & Competition Law Strategies: Protecting Your Brand

More than ever before, luxury brands are facing competitive threats. What can you do to mitigate?
Moderator: Andreas Reindl, Partner, Van Bael & Bellis

15:00              GC Talk: Chanel v LV

Our next panel brings together LV and Chanel to discuss the legal objectives and challenges for two iconic luxury brands. These include:

  • The setup and evolution of each in-house team to practical business advisors
  • How each of the departments fit into the international legal departments of their brands
  • Common challenges and solutions and how each team has learned from the other.
  • The inside track on outside counsel and their usage

Chair: Barbara Kolsun, Professor of Fashion Law and Director, Cardozo’s FAME (Fashion Arts Media and Entertainment) Program

Chanel Team:

Louis Vuitton Americas Team

  • Kelly Koyama-Garcia, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Louis Vuitton Americas
  • Melanie Lee, Director, Senior Counsel, Commercial & Corporate, Louis Vuitton Americas
  • Ellen Seo, Director, Senior Counsel, Retail & Leasing, Louis Vuitton Americas
  • Tiffani McDonough, Director, Senior Counsel, Employment & Litigation, Louis Vuitton Americas

16:00              Cross-Border Considerations for Luxury Consumer Products

Comparison between US and Canadian Regulatory and Labeling Requirements

  • Regulatory Considerations:
    • Is approval or notification required prior to marketing?
    • Defining terms, including: “natural” and “healthy”
    • Mandatory incident reporting (e.g., Canada Consumer Product Safety Act)
    • Recalls – requirements and process
  • Advertising Considerations:
    • Threshold for “false and misleading” claims: Is it puffery? Is it a comparative claim?
    • Who is reviewing and enforcing?
  • Liability and Litigation Considerations?
    • Class actions
    • Damage awards and trends


16.30              Designers and The Name Game: Issues with Eponymous Brands

Moderator: Doug Hand

16:55              Art, technology and luxury

Domhnaill Hernon, VP position at Nokia Bell Labs as Head of Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T)

17:05              Chair’s Summing Up and Awards

              Close of conference and networking drinks