La Maison du Barreau - 2 rue de Harlay, Paris, France

October 4, 2019 - 8:30 AM - 12:30 pm (3 CLE)

9:00 - 9:15 a.m.

Opening Remarks

  • Céline Bondard, Cabinet Bondard

  • Olivera Medenica, Dunnington Bartholow & Miller LLP

9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

The Five Sense: Non-Traditional Trademarks in the Fashion Industry
The utilitarian functionality of clothing has brought challenges for designers to traditionally trademark their products. Designers are facing challenges in protecting their wares, as non-traditional trademarks are more expensive to obtain and enforce. This panel will examine the limits of trademark and trade dress protection within the fashion industry. Panelists will examine the latest litigations in the U.S. and France and will engage in comparative analysis of both jurisdictions.

  • Moderator: Céline Bondard, Principal, Cabinet Bondard

  • Nathalie Dreyfus, CEO & Founder, Dreyfus (invited)

  • Olivera Medenica, Partner, Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller LLP

  • Maria Vathis, Of Counsel, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

10:20 - 11:20 a.m.

Discussion will cover the impact of counterfeit on the global economy and explore emerging challenges. The internet has become a new channel for counterfeit distribution, as products are now sold on social networks and second-hand sites. Panelists will examine innovative solutions and legal strategy within the industry.

  • Frank J. Desiderio, Partner, Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt LLP

  • Paola Piccoli, Head of Brand Enforcement, Maus Freres International Services

  • Delphine Sarfati-Sobreira, General Manager, Union des Fabricants (UNIFAB)

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Publicity Issues Panel
This panel will unpack the most prevalent publicity issues that are encountered in the global fashion industry. What legal rules apply for fashion advertisements? How are contracts negotiated and terms enforced with model agencies? Do influencers have rights to the same legal protections? In light of the MeToo movement, how has the protection of a model’s image transformed? Speakers will address the above questions and more, as they delve into this relevant legal discussion.

  • Moderator: Céline Bondard, Principal, Cabinet Bondard

  • Fleur Allain, General Counsel, Sonia Rykiel

  • Magalie Jalade, Director of Public and Regulatory Affairs, Autorité de Régulation Professionnelle de la Publicité (ARPP)

  • Olivera Medenica, Partner, Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller LLP


Céline Bondard, Principal, Cabinet Bondard

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Qualified in France and in New York, Céline has founded her law firm, Cabinet Bondard, in 2010. The firm concentrates on helping innovative and creative companies in their development in France and internationally. Her practice covers both transactional and litigation matters, from intellectual property rights, commercial and corporate law, helping companies in all aspects of their development. Co-founder and President of the French-American Bar Association (FABA) in France, destined to promote relationships between the French and U.S. legal profession, Céline is also a regular lecturer of law topics at major French business schools such as HEC Paris and L’Ecole Polytechnique, in the Entrepreneurship courses.

Olivera Medenica, Partner, Dunnington Bartholow & Miller LLP

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Olivera Medenica is a member of Dunnington Bartholow & Partner LLP’s intellectual property, advertising, art and fashion law, international, and litigation and arbitration practice areas with almost two decades of experience advising domestic and foreign businesses in fashion, retail, media and entertainment on transactional, litigation and arbitration matters.   Prior to joining DBM, Ms. Medenica was a law clerk to the Honorable Evan J. Wallach at the U.S. Court of International Trade.  She subsequently practiced for fifteen years at boutique intellectual property firms in New York City.

She regularly counsels on trademark, copyright, intellectual property licensing and online/social media matters. Litigation counseling includes copyright and trademark infringement, trade secrets, unfair competition, breach of contract, fraud, right of publicity and privacy, defamation, and shareholder and business owner disputes in closely held businesses. Trademark practice includes counseling on risk evaluation for trademark use and registration, registering, prosecuting, policing, enforcing and maintaining a national and international trademark portfolio, together with representing clients before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.  She represents the National Endowment for the Arts on intellectual property matters.