La Sorbonne - 12 Place du Panthéon, Paris, France

October 24, 2018 - 4:00 - 8:30 pm (3 CLE)

Join the Federal Bar Association (FBA), the French American Bar Association (FABA), Cabinet Bondard and Dunnington Bartholow & Miller LLP on October 24, 2018 in Paris, France to discuss all things Fashion Law in the City of Lights.  Speakers will include leading US and French counsel, as well as fashion tech start-ups.  


Introductions by: 

La Sorbonne; Events co-organizers, Olivera Medenica, Partner, Dunnington Bartholow & Miller LLP; and Céline Bondard, Principal, Cabinet Bondard and President of FABA in France.

I. Wearable Technology, Fashion Tech, and Smart Fabrics

Moderator: Celine Bondard, Cabinet Bondard and President of FABA.  Speakers: Olivera Medenica, Partner, Dunnington Bartholow & Miller LLP; Michael E. Schu, Senior Corporate Counsel, Dupont; Regina Polanco, CEO, Pyrates Smart Fabrics.  

This panel will examine the latest in wearable technology, fashion tech and smart fabrics.  Panelists will examine the essential terms of deals marrying brands with technology, and the scope of rights and restrictions typically addressed by both sides.  The panel will include the perspective of in house counsel, as well as a fashion tech startup focusing on smart fabrics.  Panelists will discuss the challenges encountered in launching a new brand, or product, in a nascent field from both a US and EU perspective.  

II. Fashion and Labor Considerations - A Comparative Perspective

Moderator:  Celine Bondard, Cabinet Bondard and President of FABA.  Speakers: Maria Vathis, Bryan Cave, President of FBA; Frédéric Galinier, Legal Director, Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode; Bénédicte Roumy, Legal Director, Chanel.

This panel will discuss some of the most salient topics relating to labor and employment considerations in France/EU and the United States.  The discussion will include an analysis of how models are treated under both US and French law.  US side panelist will also discuss essential considerations in terms of being litigation ready for foreign companies doing business in the US.

III. Panel Modern Day Challenges in Fashion Shows

Moderator:  Celine Bondard, Cabinet Bondard and President of FABA.
Speakers: Olivera Medenica, Partner, Dunnington Bartholow & Miller LLP; Zeeger Vink, IP Director, Maus Frères; additional panelists TBD.   

This panel will address the latest issues relating to trademarks and branding in both France/EU and the United States.  Panelists will include perspectives from in house as well as outside counsel, and will cover issues pertaining to online infringement, unlicensed distribution, unfair competition, and counterfeit products.  Panelists will also cover issues relating to unauthorized uses of a brand by enthusiastic fans, and IP issues in social media.



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.


Frédéric Galinier, Legal Director, the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode

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After first training in communication and press law at the University of Paris II Panthéon - Assas and the Rennes Institute of Political Studies, Mr. Galinier started his legal career as counsel to a law firm focusing on press and advertising law. He then joined the Paris National Opera, from 2000 to 2004 and then Hermès International where the legal department placed him in charge of the artistic direction. In 2008, He came back to his first love and became Prisma Media’s legal director for nine years. Since 2016, he is the associate director of the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, in charge of legal, employment and institutional issues.

Regina Polanco, Founder & CEO of PYRATES smart fabrics


Regina Polanco, founder of PYRATES smart fabrics is a young Spanish entrepreneur, with a legal background having allowed her to develop and establish a brand based on a stable production chain and legally-tight partnerships and IPs. She created PYRATES in Switzerland in 2014, and, although she studied Law and Politics, she started building the brand and developing PYRATEX® smart fabrics.

Michael E. Schu, Senior Corporate Counsel, E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company

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Michael is corporate counsel for electronics business of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company at its corporate headquarters in Wilmington Delaware, USA.  He provides the commercial legal services for several product lines including DuPont’s “wearable electronics” business and associated smart clothing technology products sold under the “Intexar” brand and trademark. Earlier in his career, Michael served as Deputy General Counsel for Arkema Chemicals in Philadelphia (formerly USA subsidiary of Atochem and Atofina of Paris, France while under the Elf Aquitaine ownership), and managed a department of 14 legal professionals. He started his legal career as labor relations and environmental counsel at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius (Philadelphia), a leading law firm in the US.


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Maria Vathis has a diverse practice which concentrates on litigation and class action defense focusing on statutory violations. She has  represented a broad range of fashion clients in the fashion and retail industry in various aspects of their operations, from litigation to compliance issues. Maria represents fashion and retail clients in the United States and Europe. She was installed as President of the Federal Bar Association in New York, New York in September 2018.

Benedicte Roumy-Bullier, Legal Director, Chanel


For the past seven years, Benedicte Roumy has served as the Legal Director of the Creation and Communications department at Chanel. Prior to that, she served as the Legal Manager of Chanel’s Copyright department. She started her legal career at R. Bellenger Avocats and soon thereafter became in house counsel at Bourjois. She studied law at Université Paris X.

Zeeger Vink, Intellectual Property Director, MAUS FRÈRES

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Zeeger Vink is Intellectual Property Director at MAUS FRÈRES, the Swiss group that owns, inter alia, the fashion & lifestyle brands LACOSTE, GANT and AIGLE.

Zeeger started practicing law as an attorney in Amsterdam and London, with a focus on IP law. He subsequently worked as in-house IP counsel at the L’ORÉAL group in Paris where he was in charge of global IP for several group brands, before joining LACOSTE in 2010.

Zeeger holds a master’s degree in law from the University of Amsterdam, with specializations in IP and Marketing. He teaches IP at the master’s program of the SciencesPo School of Management & Innovation in Paris, and serves on the Board of Directors of the International Trademark Association (INTA). He speaks and writes regularly on topics of corporate IP management.

Soraya Camayd, Senior Legal Counsel, Dreyfus & associés

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Soraya Camayd is a Senior Legal Counsel at Dreyfus & associés, a leading intellectual property law firm based in Paris.  A member of the New York and Washington D.C. bars, her practice focuses on all aspects of intellectual property law, in particular online brand protection, domain name strategy and enforcement and IP/IT compliance.  Prior to joining Dreyfus, Soraya worked at the Paris office of Hogan Lovells’ Intellectual Property, Technology and Media Group.  Soraya holds a Master of Laws in European and Intellectual Property Law from CEIPI in Strasbourg, France and a post-graduate degree from the Université de Paris II (Panthéon-Assas). 

Esther C. Hagège

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Esther Hagège represents clients in all areas of intellectual property since 2005. She has worked within law firms recognized for the excellence of their IP practices.  

She was admitted in New York in 2005 and started her career in the New York office of Kenyon & Kenyon where she was litigating patents in the life sciences field and counseling clients on trademark and copyright matters. She is also admitted to practice in California since 2016.  

Since she returned to Paris in 2009 where she qualified in 2010, her practice has been focusing on complex patent and copyright litigation in the pharmaceutical, automotive, mechanical and fashion industry fields. She also advises clients in trademark matters and manages portfolios in the entertainment industry.