On October 13, 2016, firm partner Tim Bukher spoke on a panel hosted by the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law discussing the background and merits of the upcoming Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands Supreme Court arguments.
In October, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case of Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands about the copyrightability of cheerleading uniforms. The case raises important issues about functionality in copyright law and the appropriate protection for garment design in particular and industrial products more generally. Cardozo Law School and the Fashion Law Committee of the New York City Bar will host a discussion including law professors and lawyers who have submitted amicus briefs to the Court and lawyers and other professionals who work with the fashion and design industries.
Mr. Bukher discussed his experience as appellate attorney for Jovani Fashion in the recent Second Circuit matter of Jovani Fashion, Ltd. v. Fiesta Fashions, the role of that case would play in the upcoming hearings and decision, as well as the potential effects of the Supreme Court case on copyright jurisprudence.
If you have questions about intellectual property as it relates to fashion or how to defend against bad faith copyright claims, please contact Tim Bukher or any member of the Thompson Bukher Litigation Practice at (212) 920-6050.
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