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The Law of Fashion and Design: Contracts, Business Planning, & Intellectual Property

  • Tuesday, April 23, 2013
  • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Art Share LA, 801 E 4th Place, Los Angeles, CA 90013


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The Law of Fashion and Design: Contracts, Business Planning, & Intellectual Property 

With Pankaj Raval, Esq., Manoj Shah Esq., & Erica Van Loon Esq.

The talented designers of fashion, apparel, costumes, jewelry, merchandise, and textiles often have legal needs that don't match those of the "traditional" arts communities. Intellectual property laws are more complex due to designs having utility, and the sale of these designs are typically much different than the sale of visual art, music, literature or film.

Join California Lawyers for the Arts and our experienced panel of attorneys for a workshop about the legal protection granted to designs, the terms and conditions included in the contracts commonly used in the design industries, and a practical overview of business plans, intellectual property, licenses, and business incorporation.

The attorneys will also discuss the future and possibilities of fashion law, including the Innovative Design Act of 2012 (which did not get passed by Congress) and what changes may be expected in upcoming years.

The workshop should be perfect for both those just beginning in the fashion and design industries and those who want a good refresher!


Pankaj Raval (The Fashion Law Group - co-founder) focuses on transactional work related to intellectual property, employment, entertainment, business, and the Internet. Pankaj counsels independent record labels, assists with website development, protects intellectual property, reviews entertainment contracts, and advises on film financing. Pankaj began practicing law as a litigation associate in Arizona. He gained critical litigation experience defending and prosecuting employment and securities actions for Michelin, Cox Communications, and Raytheon. He then moved his practice to California where he interned at MTV Networks in their Business and Legal Affairs Department working on various matters related to the entertainment industry, such as royalty agreements and international television syndication.

Manoj Shah (The Fashion Law Group - co-founder) focuses on both litigation and transactional work related to intellectual property, employment and labor, business, and the Internet. Manoj counsels individuals trying to launch their own labels; reviews and drafts contracts for designers, models, athletes, musicians, actors, and filmmakers; and protects the rights of creative people as company owners and employees. Before starting TFLG, Manoj worked as a litigation associate with Pond North LLP and Weston Herzog Wenderoff LLP. He gained extensive litigation expertise defending products liability and premises liability actions for companies such as CBS Corporation, FMC Corporation, Sears, Roebuck & Company, Western Auto Supply Company, Genuine Parts Company, Albertson’s, Pepsi, and various commercial real estate corporations.

Erica J. Van Loon (Glaser Weil Fink Jacobs Howard Avchen & Shapiro LLP - partner) focuses her practice on litigating copyright, trademark and patent disputes. She represents clients in a variety of industries including shoes and apparel, toys, film and television, software and new media and other consumer and electronic products. Ms. Van Loon has successfully litigated matters for Abbott Laboratories, K-Swiss, Red Bull, Mattel, Nike, SHFL entertainment, Harley-Davidson, VIZIO, Nero, FTD and others. 

Free Parking:
Free parking is available on a rooftop lot on S. Hewitt St., directly across the street from Art Share LA’s loading bay doors. Walk down to the bay entrance and follow signs to the workshop.



Phone: (310) 998-5590

These workshops are made possible, in part, from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; The City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs; and the California Community Foundation.  Additional support provided by the California Arts Council.  



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