Karen Artz Ash

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karen.ash@kattenlaw.com
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Overview

Designers, apparel manufacturers and other clothing businesses seek out Karen Artz Ash, national co-head of Katten's Intellectual Property practice and co-head of the Trademarks and Trademark Litigation practice, because of her experience in all aspects of intellectual property, trademarks and copyrights. Karen is a member of the firm's Board of Directors and also serves as chair of the national Pro Bono Committee. She has worked in fashion law for more than 20 years.

Karen handles the structuring and administration of intellectual property, including establishing holding companies and trusts, and the creation, development, implementation and administration of licensing, servicing and manufacturing for companies worldwide. She helps apparel clients in acquisition and disposition of major designer properties and businesses and represents clients in securitizations, financings and joint ventures. She handles intellectual property due diligence in all types of complex corporate transactions and is skilled in bankruptcy assessments and financings that are dependent upon intellectual property assets.

In addition to fashion, Karen represents clients in the publishing, banking, financial services and consumer electronics industries. She is a monthly columnist for Managing Intellectual Property magazine, contributing writer for The Licensing Journal and regular sponsor and participant in events hosted by Women's Wear Daily. She is also a contributing writer to Becoming a Fashion Designer (Wiley, 2013) and a contributing author to Fashion Law (Bloomsbury, 2013). Karen is an Adjunct Professor at New York Law School focusing on courses in fashion law licensing and is a Mediator in the Southern District of New York, where she also serves on the Mediation Advisory Committee. She has also been a lecturer at Columbia Law School.

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Recognition

ACQ Magazine

ACQ Magazine, Best Trademark Lawyer of the Year, 2013

Corporate INTL-US Legal Review

Corporate INTL-US Legal Review , 2010

Forbes

Forbes, Best Lawyers in America, 2005
Legal 500, 2013

New York Magazine

New York Magazine, Women Leaders in the Law, 2012–2013; New York Area's Top Rated, 2012–2013

New York Times Legal Leaders

New York Times Legal Leaders, Top Rated Lawyer, 2012

Practical Law Company, Cross-Border IP in Business Transactions Handbook

Practical Law Company, Cross-Border IP in Business Transactions Handbook , 2010–2011
Super Lawyers, 2010–2014
Super Lawyers - Individual Awards, Top Women Lawyers – Intellectual Property, 2013

World Trademark Review

World Trademark Review, 1000- The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, 2010, 2012–2014

Euromoney

Euromoney, Women In Business Law Expert Guide
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell

Managing Intellectual Property

Managing Intellectual Property, Top 10, 2013; Top 250 Women in IP, 2013–2014; IP Stars (New York), 2014
Lawyer Monthly Women in Law, Women in Law Award, 2014
Best Lawyers in America, 2015
Articles
May 2013
Co-author, Questions Left Unanswered by Louboutin Case, Managing Intellectual Property
April 2013
Co-author, Anonymous Comments Allowed as Evidence of Confusion, Managing Intellectual Property
March 2013
Co-author, Supreme Court Rules on Covenant Not to Sue, Managing Intellectual Property
December 2012/ January 2013
Co-author, The Territorial Extent of Trade Marks, Managing Intellectual Property
November/
December 2012
Co-author, Issues Relating to Potential Licensor Liability for Defective or Dangerous Products, The Licensing Journal
November 2012
Co-author, Court Cases Highlight Product Liability for Licensors, Managing Intellectual Property
October 2012
Co-author, Court Ensures Trade Mark Protection for Fashion Colours, Managing Intellectual Property
September 2012
Co-author, New Treatment of Trade Mark Licenses in Bankruptcy, Managing Intellectual Property
September 2012
Author, The Use of Licensing Agents, The Licensing Journal
August 2012
Author, Bankruptcy in Fashion Licensing, The Licensing Journal
July/August 2012
Co-author, How to Petition for Special Treatment, Managing Intellectual Property
June 2012
Co-author, Deceptive Geographic Marks Clarified, Managing Intellectual Property
May 2012
Author, Lessons for Managing a Brand License Agreement, The Licensing Journal
May 2012
Co-author, Risks of Guerilla Marketing at the Olympics, Managing Intellectual Property
April 2012
Co-author, Trade Marking Linsanity, Managing Intellectual Property
March 2012
Co-author, Louboutin Claims Colour Exclusivity, Managing Intellectual Property
February 2012
Co-author, Beware Similar Marks on Related Goods, Managing Intellectual Property
December 2011/ January 2012
Co-author, Tips on Acceleration of Royalties Provisions, Managing Intellectual Property
November 2011
Co-author, Renewing Domain Names and the ACPA, Managing Intellectual Property
July/August 2011
Co-author, Dividing Trade Marks, Managing Intellectual Property
May 2011
Co-author, Reverse Confusion, Managing Intellectual Property
April 2011
Co-author, Rules on Gift Cards, Managing Intellectual Property
March 2011
Co-author, Domain Name Enforcement Broadened, Managing Intellectual Property
February 2011
Co-author, How to Avoid Naked Licensing, Managing Intellectual Property
December 2010/ January 2011
Co-author, The Misconceptions About Incontestability, Managing Intellectual Property
November 2010
Co-author, UDRP Evidence Standards, Managing Intellectual Property
October 2010
Co-author, Extraterritorial Application of the Lanham Act, Managing Intellectual Property
September 2010
Co-author, Insurance Coverage for Infringement Claims, Managing Intellectual Property
July/August 2010
Co-author, Common Law Rights Can Outlast Registration, Managing Intellectual Property
June 2010
Co-author, Changes in Declaratory Judgment Standards, Managing Intellectual Property
May 2010
Co-author, Licence Agreements in Cross-Border Agreements, Managing Intellectual Property
April 2010
Co-author, Cautions on Consent to Registration Agreements, Managing Intellectual Property
March 2010
Co-author, Likelihood of Confusion for Alcoholic Beverage Marks, Managing Intellectual Property
February 2010
Co-author, Obtaining Registrations for Personal Names, Managing Intellectual Property
December 2009/ January 2010
Co-author, Co-Existence Agreements, Managing Intellectual Property
November 2009
Co-author, Effect of Corporate Name Registrations, Managing Intellectual Property
October 2009
Co-author, Changes to Fraud Analysis, Managing Intellectual Property
September 2009
Co-author, Registration on the Supplemental Register, Managing Intellectual Property
July/August 2009
Co-author, Settlement of Opposition Proceedings, Managing Intellectual Property
June 2009
Co-author, Intent-to-Use Requirements, Managing Intellectual Property
May 2009
Co-author, Licensing in the Credit Crunch, Managing Intellectual Property
April 2009
Co-author, Trade Mark Disclaimers, Managing Intellectual Property
March 2009
Co-author, Trade Mark Monitoring, Managing Intellectual Property
February 2009
Co-author, Excusable Neglect, Managing Intellectual Property
December 2008/ January 2009
Co-author, Deceptively Misdescriptive Geographic Marks, Managing Intellectual Property
November 2008
Co-author, Avoid Domain Name Scams, Managing Intellectual Property
October 2008
Co-author, Licence Agreement Representations, Managing Intellectual Property
September 2008
Co-author, Protecting Certification Marks, Managing Intellectual Property
July/August 2008
Co-author, Avoiding Willful Infringement, Managing Intellectual Property
June 2008
Co-author, Using a Third Party's Trade Mark, Managing Intellectual Property
May 2008
Co-author, Claiming Trade Mark Rights in Particular Colours, Managing Intellectual Property
April 2008
Co-author, Environmentally Friendly Marketing Claims, Managing Intellectual Property
March 2008
Co-author, Enforcement Options for Foreign Marks, Managing Intellectual Property
February 2008
Co-author, Alternatives to Federal TM Filings, Managing Intellectual Property
December 2007/ January 2008
Co-author, Limitations on Governing Law Provisions, Managing Intellectual Property
November 2007
Co-author, Excusable Non-Use of a Trade Mark, Managing Intellectual Property
October 2007
Co-author, Use of Personal Names, Managing Intellectual Property
September 2007
Co-author, Infringement Risks and Related Goods, Managing Intellectual Property
July/August 2007
Co-author, Enforceability of Priority Filings, Managing Intellectual Property
June 2007
Co-author, Fraud Warnings, Managing Intellectual Property
May 2007
Co-author, Risks Arising from Phonetic Similarity, Managing Intellectual Property
April 2007
Co-author, The Importance of Trade Mark Clearance, Managing Intellectual Property
March 2007
Co-author, Cautions About Foreign Word Marks, Managing Intellectual Property
October 4, 2004
Co-author, The Effect of "New Uses" on Copyright License Agreements, New York Law Journal
August 3, 2004
Co-author, Anticipate New Technologies When Drafting Copyright Licenses, Entertainment Law Weekly
July/August 2004
Co-author, Reducing the Effects of Licensing Bankruptcy, Managing Intellectual Property
March 2004
Author, Madrid Protocol's Effect on Trademark Search Strategies, Patent Trademark and Copyright Journal, BNA
November 2003
Author, Analysis and Perspective: Just Another Option Foreign Trademark Protection Following U.S. Membership in the Madrid Protocol, Patent Trademark and Copyright Journal, BNA
August 2001
Author, Beware! Tricky Penalties for Illegal Software Copying, Bottom Line Business
July 2001
Author, Trademark License Agreement Lessons, New York Law Journal
March/April 2001
Author, Pitfalls of Software Use, Bottom Line Business
March 1995
Author, The Commercial Valuation of Trademarks, New York Law Journal
Books
2014
Contributing Author, Fashion Licensing, Fashion Law – A Guide for Designers, Fashion Executives and Attorneys
2013
Contributing Writer, Intellectual Property Checklist, Becoming a Fashion Designer
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Education

  • JD, New York Law School, magna cum laude
  • AB, Georgetown University

Bar Admissions

  • New York

Recognition

ACQ Magazine

Best Trademark Lawyer of the Year, 2013

Corporate INTL-US Legal Review

2010

Forbes

Best Lawyers in America, 2005
2013

New York Magazine

Women Leaders in the Law, 2012–2013; New York Area's Top Rated, 2012–2013

New York Times Legal Leaders

Top Rated Lawyer, 2012

Practical Law Company, Cross-Border IP in Business Transactions Handbook

2010–2011
2010–2014
Top Women Lawyers – Intellectual Property, 2013

World Trademark Review

1000- The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, 2010, 2012–2014

Euromoney

Women In Business Law Expert Guide

Managing Intellectual Property

Top 10, 2013; Top 250 Women in IP, 2013–2014; IP Stars (New York), 2014
Women in Law Award, 2014
2015
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Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Sections on Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law and Trial Law
  • Anti-Defamation League, New York Regional Board, the Lawyer's Committee, Associate National Commissioner
  • International Trademark Association, Mediation/ADR Subcommittee
  • National Association of Mediators
  • New York County Lawyers' Association
  • New York State Bar Association, Sections on Trial Law and Intellectual Property
  • New York Women's Bar Association
  • Southern District Court of New York, Mediator Advisory Committee
  • Southern District of New York Mediation Panel
  • United States International Trademark Association
  • Volunteers of Legal Service, Board of Directors, Executive Committee and Planning Committee
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