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Hand Baldachin & Amburgey is Pleased to Announce the Promotion of Justin Pollak to Partner

Hand Baldachin & Amburgey is Pleased to Announce the Promotion of Justin Pollak to Partner, effective as of January 1, 2018

Since joining the firm as an associate in 2014, Justin has focused his practice on venture capital transactions. He represents both investors and emerging companies, particular in seed and early stage venture financings, across a broad range of industries, including fashion, fintech, social and digital media, e-commerce, enterprise software, network security and biotechnology. Justin also regularly advises on a broad range of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions and serves as an “outside general counsel” to many of the firm’s emerging and growth-stage company clients. He earned his J.D. and M.B.A. from Emory University and his B.S. from Cornell University.

“Justin is a highly talented attorney whose commitment to client service truly demonstrates the firm’s values,” Managing Partner Alan Baldachin said. “His leadership and passion have meaningfully contributed to the success of the firm and our clients and will continue to do so into the future. We are very proud of Justin’s accomplishments and congratulate him on his new role.”

HBA is a corporate and commercial law firm in New York, NY focused on media, technology and fashion & lifestyle, with expertise in venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, litigation, real estate and intellectual property. The firm was founded by three former big law attorneys over 15 years ago and continues to grow today.

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Capable and Elegant: What It’s Like to Be a Fashion Lawyer, an Interview with Partner Douglas Hand

Capable and Elegant: What It’s Like to Be a Fashion Lawyer

We start our new section with the exclusive interview with a famous New York dandy, a founding partner of Hand Baldachin Amburgey LLP (HBA) and a successful fashion lawyer Douglas Hand. What is it like to be a fashion lawyer and what his book “Laws of Style” is about, Douglas told in a conversation with Anna Zabrotskaya.

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ABA Journal Discusses the Lawyer Fashion Evolution featuring Partner Douglas Hand

Lawyer fashion evolves to reflect personality and tradition

It wasn’t long ago that professional dress for lawyers was constrained and predictable. Womenswear was derivative of menswear, closets were full of monochromatic color schemes, and nude pantyhose or a jacket and tie were part of the daily uniform. It was an era of boxy-shouldered suits, when business casual was an oxymoron and dress codes were often strictly enforced.

These days, legal fashion has loosened up. Depending on where you live and your practice area, women are sporting sleeveless dresses at work and men are wearing dress shoes with no socks.

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Not Just Catwalks: A Closer Look at Fashion Law LL.M.s featuring insight from Partner Douglas Hand

Not Just Catwalks: A Closer Look at Fashion Law LL.M.s

A few fashion-focused LL.M. degrees have cropped up, signaling burgeoning interest in the field. But fashion law isn’t just about the runway and clothes. Here’s an in-depth look at some of the programs offered, and what it takes to break into the industry.

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NYU Stern and the CFDA

NYU’s Stern School of Business offers it’s MBA students the opportunity to work with emerging fashion companies through its’ CFDA Masters Workshop. Stern students are paired with designers to work on a variety of financial, marketing and other business-related projects.

Check out a short video on the program here featuring partner Douglas Hand, who is also the professor of the Fashion Law & Business course offered at both NYU School of Law & NYU Stern School of Business.

 

Lululemon Sues Under Armour For Design Patent Infringement Based on Sport Bra Strap Design

On July 7th, athletic apparel company Lululemon Athletica filed suit against competitor Under Armour, alleging that three models of Under Armour sport bras infringed on design patents held by Lululemon as well as Lululemon’s trade dress.  Specifically, Lululemon asserted that the interwoven strap design on Under Armour’s products closely resembled designs protected by patents Lululemon filed in 2014 and 2016, as well as a design first sold by Lululemon in 2011 as part of its Energy Bra model.

Design patents typically do not offer wide protection for fashion products. While relatively cheap to obtain compared to utility patents, design patents typically still cost several thousand dollars to register.  Furthermore, design patents can only be obtained if an item has been on sale for less than a year and fashion designers often do not want to commit to a registration until and unless a design demonstrates that it will be a core product line going forward.  Trade dress, on the other hand, does not require any formal filing with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). However, those seeking trade dress protection must also prove that the design has no functional component, as well as prove that the item conveys a distinctive secondary meaning to consumers that would be jeopardized by the sale of imitations.

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