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

Expert ID: 724823 California, USA

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Expert has 25 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.

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 him 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?, he 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. He 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.

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.

Regarding copyrights, Expert has provided opinions on originality and substantial similarity.

His 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.

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, he 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.

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

Expert was retained as an expert in licensing for the Vatican, Converse and Jones Apparel. He was retained as an apparel expert for Sears, Kohl's and Jones Apparel.

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 - Oxnard, California

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1974 Degree: A.B. Subject: philosohy Institution: Occidental College
Year: 1978 Degree: JD Subject: law Institution: University of Chicago Law School

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1993 to 2009 Employer: Self Title: Expert Witness/Consultant Department: Responsibilities: Provided upon request
Years: 1984 to 1993 Employer: Guess ?, Inc. Title: various Department: Senior Executive Responsibilities: Provided upon request

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: to Present Country / Region: World Summary: Has extensive international experience in the apparel business, trademarks and licensing. Details provided upon request.

Career Accomplishments

Licenses / Certifications
Licensed Real Estate Broker
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.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Has been a consultant and expert witness for more than 15 years. He has testified at judge and jury trials, hearings, arbitration and participated in mediation. His experience includes federal and state court and civil and criminal cases.
Other Relevant Experience
Can identify important issues and suggest discovery in his areas of expertise.

Fields of Expertise

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