Athlegal: Sports, apparel, & fashion’s future

Fashion Law Institute student volunteer holds floral display in Converse Chuck Taylors sneaker with Fashion Law Institute needle-and-spool gavel logo on side

From logos to athleisure, sports apparel influences how we dress both on and off the field.  This dual emphasis on performance and style adds new strategies to the lawyer's playbook across categories of intellectual property, including trademark and trade dress, utility and design patent, and copyright, as well as IP licensing.  Research and development in athletic apparel and footwear embraces application of new production technologies like 3D printing, breakthroughs in sustainable manufacturing techniques, and sometimes even advances in performance so dramatic that they they call into question the advantage conferred upon elite athletes in competition.  And with every new innovation, there's a chance that copying or other foul play will move the contest off the court and into court.  Please prepare to come off the sidelines and join us for a panel discussion, "Athlegal:  Sports, Innovation, and the Future of Fashion."


Susan Rohol, Global Intellectual Property and Privacy Policy Director, Nike
James Grooms, Senior Vice President, Legal, General Counsel & Assistant Secretary, New York Road Runners, Inc.
Ronald S. Chillemi, Senior Vice President, Enforcement & Litigation, Fanatics, Inc.
Angela Byun, Senior Director of International Development & Strategy, Golf Digest, Condé Nast
Professor Susan Scafidi, Fashion Law Institute at Fordham

DATE: Monday, September 18, 2017
TIME: 9:30-10:45am
PLACE: Fordham Law School, 150 W. 62nd Street, Room 7-119
NYS CLE:  1.5 hours professional practice, transitional and nontransitional

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