Expert in Intellectual Property and Patent Litigation, Shoe Industry, Footwear Design Matters, etc.
Expert ID: 725337 United Kingdom
She has worked in the Shoe Industry in various capacities for over 45 years and currently own a footwear design consultancy business which she founded in 1973.
Through her work and her family’s work she has amassed a large collection of footwear related paraphernalia including amongst other things catalogues, books, magazines, photographs, pullovers, prototypes, lasts, components and materials from around the world. As far as she knows she owns one of the largest collections of private reference data on footwear design and constructions in the UK.
She graduated in 1960 from Leicester Polytechnic (now know as De Montfort University) with a graduate of the British Boot and Shoe Institute (equivalent to an industrial degree) in pattern cutting/design, science of materials, shoe technology and management. Later she also obtained by examination the Associateship of the British Boot & Shoe Institute. During and following her training she worked for her father’s design consultancy and pattern making company. As part of her training, she was sent to other footwear firms to learn different aspects of shoemaking. During training she worked for Nu Stylo Footwear Co Ltd and Airbourne Shoes Ltd. After training she worked for Portland Shoes Ltd, Leicester and Finn Shoes Ltd as Senior Designer.
She has been involved in the design of lasts (blocks or shape on which the shoe is made) Measurements to fit the foot are of the utmost importance. Knowledge of foot fitting is vital.She has been involved in designing many soles for sole manufacturers and shoe manufacturers for numerous different constructions including a sole air system for a well known company.Through her business she has produced for sole manufacturing companies the first model soles (usually made from wood or sheet wax = precision from an engineer’s blue-print) which is then used as a model to produce the moulds for production soles.She has been involved in many different factories in various parts of the world and so has observed closely many different types of setups and practices.She has been fortunate to have worked with some of the leading most advanced and innovative materials in their time for producing shoes for extreme conditions. These include Thinsulate/Polar Fleece for snow/cold conditions. (Antoinette Designs was the winner of Malden Mills Apex Award Worldwide 2000) for this category. Neoprene/Stealth Rubber for water based conditions and non-slip aquatic activities and she hasworked with materials that are breathable and waterproof and many other materials which are not extreme condition orientated.
|Year: 1960||Degree: British Boot and Shoe Institute (equivalent to an industrial degree)||Subject: pattern cutting/design, science of materials, shoe technology and management||Institution: Leicester Polytechnic (now know as De Montfort University)|
|Years: 1976 to Present||Employer: Undisclosed||Title: Owner||Department:||Responsibilities: See resume for greater details and other work experience|
|Years||Country / Region||Summary|
|Years: to Present||Country / Region: USA||Summary: She has been employed by companies to work with their in house designers to produce new constructions/products which have been patented. A perfect example of this is the Doc Marten Open Airwair Sandal. She is named on the USA patent.(This was the first welted footbed sandal). This was mostly sold in the USA in large numbers for both Men’s and Women’s. She is named on several other important patents.|
|Years: to Present||Country / Region: China||Summary:|
|Years: to Present||Country / Region: United Kingdom||Summary:|
|Expert Witness Experience|
|She recently served as an expert witness in the following two cases dealing with intellectual property footwear:
1) Skechers USA Inc. v LaCoste - via Ashhurst lawyers, London
2) Intermedium BV v Newlook Retailers Ltd - via Hamlin lawyers, London
Expert is also serving as an intellectual patent consultant two international European footwear brands in on going litigation where she is working with Taylor Wessing, Lawyers, London, but the nature of the consultation is confidential.
|Below are a list of companies who she has designed for from time to time but were and are not under contract:
Brown Shoe Corp., USA, Chatterbox Shoes Ltd., Jumping Jacks Inc., USA, British Shoe Corporation, Stylo Barratt Ltd, Hush Puppies Ltd., Padders Ltd., Tesco Plc., British Home Stores, Woolworths, Dunn Penny’s, Neo’s USA, DB Shoes Ltd., Howard & Hallam Ltd., Adams Children’s wear Mini Mode, Mothercare, Playboy USA., Morris Shoes Ltd., Rocket Dog USA., Quiksilver USA., SAKS Slippers, Progressive Safety Footwear Ltd., Loydal Agencies, R. G. Jarratt, Next Plc., L. Kelaty Ltd., T, Groocock Ltd., La Filanto, Italy, Calzaturicficio Romagnola, Italy, Marks & Spencer.
Specific design projects for large UK and USA multiples, working directly with their directors and buyers has earned Antoinette Designs a highly successful reputation within the footwear industry.
Fields of Expertise
claim (patent), consumer product design, intellectual property, new product design, patent infringement, athletic footwear testing, athletic shoe, footwear, footwear manufacturing, footwear manufacturing quality, footwear manufacturing technology, footwear quality, footwear testing, human factors engineering, shoe, intellectual fraud, shoe industry, contributory infringement, direct infringement, European patent, foreign patent, product design, design process, patent, human motion