Robot Couture: The Future of Fashion, Law, and Technology

The Innovation Center for Law and Technology at New York Law School held its inaugural fashion law symposium: “Robot Couture: The Future of Fashion, Law, and Technology” on Friday, October 21, 2016.

Leading practitioners, scholars, and designers discussed, among other things, the privacy and intellectual property issues raised by smart devices in fashion, anti-counterfeiting enforcement for fashion brands in the digital age, and the impact of 3-D printing on the future of fashion. Guests included counsel for Balmain, Christian Louboutin, Coach, Estée Lauder, Hermès, Rebecca Minkoff, and more.

This symposium celebrated the launch of the Fashion Law Initiative at New York Law School, which sits at the dynamic point where law, fashion, and technology collide. The Initiative will train the next generation of fashion lawyers through coursework, research opportunities, conferences, externships, mentorship, and networking opportunities with leading fashion brands and designers. And it will bring lawyers, designers, and other stakeholders together to protect intellectual property and protect consumers from the safety and privacy risks associated with new fashion technologies.

The Innovation Center for Law and Technology at New York Law School invites you to celebrate the launch of Fashion Law Initiative at:

FASHION LAW SYMPOSIUM 2016
ROBOT COUTURE: THE FUTURE OF FASHION, LAW, AND TECHNOLOGY

Register here for free.

Click here for the program.

Available CLE credits:
5 credits in Areas of Professional Practice

Friday, October 21, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

New York Law School
185 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013-2921


9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. – Registration, Breakfast and Networking

9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Welcome and Introduction

Anthony W. Crowell, Dean and President, Professor of Law, New York Law School
Joseph M. Forgione, Attorney, Director, Fashion Law Initiative, and Adjunct Professor of Law, New York Law School

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Panel I – Fashion Brand Protection Initiatives and Anti-Counterfeiting in the Digital Age

This discussion will examine the problem of trademark infringement and counterfeiting as it exists in the fashion industry today. A panel of legal experts will introduce the different tools that are currently being used to protect fashion brands from both online and offline infringing activities.

Joseph C. GiocondaModerator, Attorney, Counselor at Law, and Founder, Gioconda Law Group PLLC
Melissa Berger, Intellectual Property Counsel, Coach
Neil B. Friedman, Partner, Hodgson Russ LLP
Kristin Lia, Counsel/Director, Gap Inc.
James Donoian, Partner, McCarter & English LLP
Donna Ruggiero, Associate Counsel, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.

(1.5 CLE credits in Areas of Professional Practice, transitional and non-transitional)

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Panel II – Wearable Tech: At the Crossroads of Intellectual Property and Privacy

This discussion will examine intellectual property and privacy issues in the field of wearable technology. A panel of legal experts and designers will explore the opportunities and challenges facing fashion brands as interactive technologies continue to integrate seamlessly into the lives of consumers. 

Deborah McNamaraModerator, Attorney, Designer, and Adjunct Professor of Fashion Law, New York Law School
Matthew D. Asbell, Partner, Ladas & Parry LLP
Craig Fleishman, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and General Counsel, Rebecca Minkoff
Hassan Abbas Shakir, Special Counsel, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

(1.5 CLE credits in Areas of Professional Practice, transitional and non-transitional)

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Lunch and Keynote Address

Ari E. WaldmanIntroductory Remarks, Associate Professor of Law and Director, Innovation Center for Law and Technology, New York Law School
Jeanne C. Fromer, Professor of Law, Faculty Co-director of the Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy, New York University School of Law

(0.5 CLE credit in Areas of Professional Practice, transitional and non-transitional)

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Panel III – 3-D Printing: A New Frontier in Fashion Law

This discussion will address the increasing use of 3-D printing in fashion and its widespread legal implications on intellectual property law.

Elisabeth A. SchiffbauerModerator, Attorney and Graduate Law Fellow, Fashion Law Initiative, New York Law School
Gabi Asfour, Founder and Designer, threeASFOUR
Joseph M. Forgione, Attorney, Director, Fashion Law Initiative, and Adjunct Professor of Law, New York Law School
Joseph F. Murphy, Principal, Law Offices of Joseph F. Murphy
Julie Zerbo, Founder and Editor in Chief, The Fashion Law

(1 CLE credit in Areas of Professional Practice, transitional and non-transitional)

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Closing Keynote Address

Joseph M. ForgioneIntroductory Remarks, Attorney, Director, Fashion Law Initiative, and Adjunct Professor of Law, New York Law School
Guillermo C. Jimenez, Associate Professor, Department of International Trade and Marketing, Fashion Institute of Technology and Adjunct Professor, Brooklyn Law School and New York University Stern School of Business

(0.5 CLE credit in Areas of Professional Practice, transitional and non-transitional)

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Reception and Networking

Click here to view the conference video recording.

Panel 1: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

Panel 2: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

Lunch Keynote: Part 1

Panel 3: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8

Closing Keynote: Part 1