Katten's Fashion attorneys represent clients from all areas of the $375 billion fashion industry, counseling companies that manufacture, design, market, source and sell lines of clothing, jewelry, accessories and luxury goods. Our team assists clients in preserving their core brand identities while they grow and expand into new markets or consolidate.
We advise companies on international expansion and consolidation as well as the production, distribution, advertising, marketing and sale of their products and services. We help our clients keep up with new strategies and business and licensing plans and mitigate issues before they arise. With lawyers fully dedicated to the fashion industry and its unique challenges, we secure, protect and enforce clients’ business names, trademarks, service marks, trade names, brand names, logos, designs, patents, proprietary technology and trade secrets. We also offer assistance with creating an Internet presence, software agreements, contracts with Internet e-signers and providers, disclaimers and copyright notices, copyright protection, consent agreements, photo use policies and sponsorship agreements. Clients turn to us to monitor, enforce and protect against the unauthorized sale of products or use of their property, including addressing domain infringements, false advertising and unfair competition claims.
The Fashion attorneys tap into the cumulative knowledge of our intellectual property, licensing and distribution, media, Internet and litigation attorneys. Working both in the United States and internationally, our lawyers perform detailed patent, trademark and ownership searches, prepare and file applications, and maintain an extensive and thorough in-house database and docketing system to ensure that our clients’ intellectual property rights are fiercely guarded. We protect our clients’ rights and help them avoid infringing others’ rights through extensive investigations, domain name enforcement and registration, preparation of notice letters, commencement of litigation, and recordation of intellectual property rights with US Customs and Border Protection (CBP). We also zealously defend our clients against claims asserted by others.
Our attorneys draft, negotiate, implement and administer all types of agreements, including transfer, sponsorship, endorsement, distribution, sourcing, consulting, retail store and in-store, export customer, manufacturing and other commercial agreements. By developing, investigating and researching a client’s intellectual property portfolio, reviewing existing agreements, recording proper title and security interests and preparing all related documents, Katten attorneys shepherd clients through the ever-changing fashion industry.