Apparel and General Business Background
During his 25 years of experience, Expert 2791 has become intimately familiar with the many business problems - and legal issues - which fashion companies may face. The start of his apparel industry experience was nine remarkable years as part of the senior management of Guess?, Inc. Guess? went through amazing growth during this period, one year alone its sales grew 400%! In these nine years, Guess? transformed from a fad into a mainstay fashion company. Those who were fortunate enough to work there saw a variety of challenges, problems and issues which most apparel companies do not encounter over decades. This incredible environment immersed Expert 2791 into a wide array of apparel business matters including apparel designs, design creation, design protection, brand establishment and protection, advertising, domestic and foreign manufacturing, factory monitoring, quality control, export, import, customs issues, product sourcing, corporate structure, apparel company management, including officer and director obligations and performance, domestic and foreign distribution, licensing, trade secrets, personnel, independent sales representatives, retail sales, retail customer relations and wholesales.
Since leaving Guess?, Expert 2791 has advised a variety of other apparel companies from publicly held companies such as Gymboree to fast growing companies like Earl Jean to start up companies.
Expert 2791 has worked closely with prominent designers, and understands the importance of protecting the products of creative minds. Expert 2791 can review performance of virtually all apparel industry agreements to determine if it is consistent with the standards of the industry. He has worked extensively on most facets of the clothing business and can provide expert testimony and analysis about a wide array of matters including contracts, manufacturing, import, management performance, export, sales, distribution, factory conditions, similarity of apparel lines and protection of designs. Licensing
Expert 2791 has more than twenty years of experience in consumer licensing. He is familiar with international and domestic licensing including revenue projections, monitoring of licensees, standards of the industry, performance and breaches. He can evaluate licensee and licensor performance under the standards of the industry. He was an expert in licensing for the Vatican Library, Converse and Jones Apparel. Trademarks
Expert 2791's work on trademarks has encompassed: international and domestic registration, secondary meaning, infringement, dilution, searches, investigations, due diligence, trade dress and counterfeiting in a variety of businesses such as software, food, real estate, concert promotion and apparel. He has testified for both plaintiffs and defendants.Copyrights
Expert 2791 has provided opinions on originality and substantial similarity based on his 25 years of working with copyrights.