2018 Paris Fashion Law Conference


Join the Federal Bar Association (FBA), the French American Bar Association (FABA), Cabinet Bondard and Dunnington Bartholow & Miller LLP on October 24, 2018 in Paris, France to discuss all things Fashion Law in the City of Lights.  Speakers will focus on the latest legal and technology issues impacting the fashion industry, and the intersection between both.  The program consists of three panels covering distinct topics, and includes the perspective of in house counsel, private practitioner and fashion tech startups.  The program’s unique approach makes it a must attend for anyone working, or advising clients, in the fashion industry.

We hope you will join us for this exciting program, and our networking reception.

Register Here

 Registration Rates
 U.S. CLE 110 Euros 
 General Admission  45 Euros
 FABA Members  30 Euros
 Non-Attorney  30 Euros
 Student  25 Euros
Wednesday, October 24

Opening Remarks

  • Céline Bondard, Principal, Cabinet Bondard; President, French American Bar Association
  • Olivera Medenica, Partner, Dunnington Bartholow & Miller LLP


Panel I. Wearable Technology, Fashion Tech, and Smart Fabrics

Moderator: Celine Bondard, Cabinet Bondard and President of FABA.  Speakers: Olivera Medenica, Partner, Dunnington Bartholow & Miller LLP; Michael E. Schu, Senior Corporate Counsel, Dupont; Regina Polanco, CEO, Pyrates Smart Fabrics.  

This panel will examine the latest in wearable technology, fashion tech and smart fabrics.  Panelists will examine the essential terms of deals marrying brands with technology, and the scope of rights and restrictions typically addressed by both sides.  The panel will include the perspective of in house counsel, as well as a fashion tech startup focusing on smart fabrics.  Panelists will discuss the challenges encountered in launching a new brand, or product, in a nascent field from both a US and EU perspective.  

Panel II. Fashion and Labor Considerations - A Comparative Perspective

Moderator:  Celine Bondard, Cabinet Bondard and President of FABA.  Speakers: Maria Vathis, Bryan Cave, President of FBA; Frédéric Galinier, Legal Director, Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode; Bénédicte Roumy, Legal Director, Chanel.

This panel will discuss some of the most salient topics relating to labor and employment considerations in France/EU and the United States.  The discussion will include an analysis of how models are treated under both US and French law.  US side panelist will also discuss essential considerations in terms of being litigation ready for foreign companies doing business in the US.

Panel III. Panel Modern Day Challenges in Fashion Shows

Moderator:  Celine Bondard, Cabinet Bondard and President of FABA. Speakers: Olivera Medenica, Partner, Dunnington Bartholow & Miller LLP; Zeeger Vink, IP Director, Maus Frères.

This panel will address the latest issues relating to trademarks and  branding in both France/EU and the United States.  Panelists will  include perspectives from in house as well as outside counsel, and will  cover issues pertaining to online infringement, unlicensed distribution,  unfair competition, and counterfeit products.  Panelists will also  cover issues relating to unauthorized uses of a brand by enthusiastic  fans, and IP issues in social media.  

Contact Jordan Weiss if you are interested in sponsoring this conference.
October 24, 2018
Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
Centre Panthéon
12 Place du Panthéon
75005 Paris, France

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