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 Expert  724823

Expert in Apparel Business: Standards, Licensing, Trademarks, Trade Dress, Copyrights


Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

California (CA)
USA
Education Work History Career AccomplishmentsPublicationsConsulting Services Expert Witness

Summary of Expertise: Listed with other top experts in: 
Expert has twenty-five years of experience in consumer licensing. He is familiar with international and domestic licensing including revenue projections, monitoring of licensees, standards and practices of the licensing business, performance and breaches. He can evaluate licensee and licensor performance under the standards of the industry. He was an expert in licensing for the Vatican Library, Converse and Jones Apparel.
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brand extension licensing

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intellectual property licensing

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international licensing

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conventional licensing

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license

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licensee (tort law)

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licensing

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royalty rate

During his 25 years of experience, Expert has become intimately familiar with the many business problems - and legal issues - which fashion companies may face. The start of his apparel industry experience was nine remarkable years as part of the senior management of Guess?, Inc. Guess? went through amazing growth during this period, one year alone its sales grew 400%! In these nine years, Guess? transformed from a fad into a mainstay fashion company. Those who were fortunate enough to work there saw a variety of challenges, problems and issues which most apparel companies do not encounter over decades. This incredible environment immersed Expert into a wide array of apparel business matters including apparel designs, design creation, design protection, brand establishment and protection, advertising, domestic and foreign manufacturing, factory monitoring, quality control, export, import, customs issues, product sourcing, corporate structure, apparel company management, including officer and director obligations and performance, domestic and foreign distribution, licensing, trade secrets, personnel, independent sales representatives, retail sales, retail customer relations and wholesales.

Since leaving Guess?, Expert has advised a variety of other apparel companies from publicly held companies such as Gymboree to fast growing companies like Earl Jean to start up companies.

Expert has worked closely with prominent designers, and understands the importance of protecting the products of creative minds. Expert can review performance of virtually all apparel industry agreements to determine if it is consistent with the standards of the industry. He has worked extensively on most facets of the clothing business and can provide expert testimony and analysis about a wide array of matters including contracts, manufacturing, import, management performance, export, sales, distribution, factory conditions, similarity of apparel lines and protection of designs.

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clothing industry

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footwear manufacturing

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garment cutting

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garment discoloring

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garment processing

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garment product development

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industry

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production sewing

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retailing

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clothing manufacturing

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cutting

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denim

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apparel product retailing

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clothing

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dye

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fashion

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fashion industry

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garment

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garment company startup

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garment contractor sourcing

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processing

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quality control

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statute

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textile industry

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woven fabric

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apparel quality control

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apparel regulation

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apparel standard

Expert's work on trademarks and copyrights has encompassed: international and domestic registration, secondary meaning, infringement, dilution, searches, and investigations, due diligence, trade dress and counterfeiting in a variety of businesses such as software, food, real estate, concert promotion and apparel. He has testified for both plaintiffs and defendants.
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contributory infringement

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infringement enforcement

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intellectual property

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standard

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trademark

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trademark infringement

Based on his 25 years of experience with copyrights, Expert has provided opinions on originality and substantial similarity.

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copyright

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copyright infringement

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copyright law

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international copyright

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software copyright

Expert's work on trademarks and copyrights has encompassed: international and domestic registration, secondary meaning, infringement, dilution, searches, and investigations, due diligence, trade dress and counterfeiting in a variety of businesses such as software, food, real estate, concert promotion and apparel. He has testified for both plaintiffs and defendants.
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direct infringement

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trademark law

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dispute

Standards of Practice of Apparel Business Lawyers, Intellectual Property Lawyers and Licensing Lawyers: Based on his 25 years of in depth experience as a lawyer in the apparel business and with intellectual property and licensing law, Expert can provide expert opinions as to the standard of care of lawyers in these areas. He has provided such opinions for both defendants and plaintiffs

Standards of Practice of Lawyers Supervising Private Investigators: Expert has managed hundreds of investigations of related to civil and criminal matters and tens of thousands of non-litigated matters. He has trained other investigators, attorneys, police and U.S. Customs agents in intellectual property investigations. Due to his vast experience in this area, he is qualified to testify about the generally accepted standards of supervision of private investigators, for example, whether the attorneys and companies who have hired an investigator have been negligent in their supervision.

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legal malpractice

Design patents: defenses based on lack on originality, identify and analyze obviousness and prior art.
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patent infringement


Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Localities:
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Los Angeles, California;  San Diego, California;  Long Beach, California;  Santa Ana, California;  Anaheim, California;  Riverside, California;  Glendale, California;  Huntington Beach, California;  San Bernardino, California;  and Chula Vista, California.

Often requested
with this expert:

Garment Industry, Quality Assurance, Vendor Compliance,...
Textile Fibers
Men's Private Label Outerwear and Bottoms Sales and...
Apparel Productivity, Ethical Compliance and Quality...

Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1974   A.B.   philosohy   Occidental College   Maqgna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa
1978   JD   law   University of Chicago Law School  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1993 to 2009

 

Self

 


 

Expert Witness/Consultant

 

Provided upon request

1984 to 1993

 

Guess ?, Inc.

 

Senior Executive

 

various

 

Provided upon request


Career Accomplishments:
Licenses/Certifications

Licensed Private Investigator

Licensed Real Estate Broker


Publications:
Publications and Patents Summary

Publications in:

Los Angeles Lawyer, 2005. Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2007. Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2006. Los Angeles Daily Journal, 2004.


Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Expert was retained as an expert in licensing for the Vatican, Converse and Jones Apparel.
  • Expert was retained as an apparel expert for Sears, Kohl's and Jones Apparel.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Expert has been a consultant and expert witness for more than 15 years. He has testified at judge and jury trials, hearings, arbitrations and participated in mediations. His experience includes federal and state court and civil and criminal cases.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert in Apparel Business Standards.
  • Expert in Trade secret/fraud dispute.
  • Faux leather garments expert for litigation involving international shipping from China of ladies faux leather jackets.
  • Expert in the garment industry wholesalers litigation case.
  • Trademark infringement expert in ca for consulting on tradmark infringement.
  • Expert for consulting on expert witness manufacturing process.
  • Expert in textile product sourcing for consulting on need expert witness in litigation.
  • Intellectual property licensing expert for litigation involving accessory line trademark infringement case.
  • Footwear expert for consulting on measure of compensation customary and appropriate for a consultant contributing to the success of a footwear business.
  • (Garrnent or fashion or clothing) fabric expert witness for consulting on blended fabric.
  • Expert for consulting on apparel and fragrance trademark infringement lawsuit.
  • Brand licensing expert california for consulting on Reasonableness of terms of a licensing agreement for juice.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

International Experience:
Country / Region   Summary
World   Expert has extensive international experience in the apparel business, trademarks and licensing. Details provided upon request.

Additional Skills and Services:
Other Skills and Services

Expert can identify important issues and suggest discovery in his areas of expertise.


 

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