Retail & Consumer Products Law Observer

Retail & Consumer Products Law Observer

Legal Insight for the Retail and Consumer Products Industry

Preetha Chakrabarti

Preetha Chakrabarti

Preetha Chakrabarti is an associate in Crowell & Moring’s New York office and is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property and Environmental & Natural Resources groups. Preetha’s intellectual property practice consists of patent litigation, with an emphasis on representing generic pharmaceutical companies in litigation under the Hatch-Waxman Act, as well as matters related to trademark infringement, including opposition proceedings with the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB).

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Webinar: Printer Cartridges & Cheerleading Uniforms: What the Key 2017 IP Supreme Court Decisions Mean for Apparel Companies

Posted in Events, IP/Brand Protection
On July 27, 2017, Crowell & Moring will be presenting a webinar hosted by the United States Fashion Industry Association on the hottest IP Supreme Court decisions from 2017 that will affect the fashion and retail industries.  Anne Li and Preetha Chakrabarti of Crowell will be discussing Star Athletica, LLC v. Varsity Brands, Inc. and Impression Prods., Inc. v.… Continue Reading

A-F-F-I-R-M-E-D! The Supreme Court Upholds Copyright Protection for Cheerleading Uniform Designs

Posted in IP/Brand Protection
UPDATE to our September 2015 post On March 22, 2017, a 6-2 Supreme Court found Varsity Brands’ designs on cheerleading uniforms to be copyrightable, holding that “an artistic feature of the design of a useful article is eligible for copyright protection if the feature (1) can be perceived as a two- or three-dimensional work of… Continue Reading

Join us! 2017 FBA Fashion Law Conference

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management, Events
On February 10, 2017, the Federal Bar Association will host a day-long Fashion Law Conference at Parsons School of Design (Starr Foundation Hall in the New School’s University Center) during New York Fashion Week! Please join Crowell & Moring’s Frances Hadfield and Preetha Chakrabarti, as well as a host of other speakers and experts, for our cutting-edge… Continue Reading

Beauty with a Side of Mercury?

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management, Consumer Class Action, Product Liability & Torts, Torts
On July 26, 2016, FDA issued an updated warning on beauty products, warning consumers to avoid certain “skin creams, beauty and antiseptic soaps, and lotions,” particularly those boasting “anti-aging” or “skin lightening” benefits, as potentially containing mercury.  While the dangers of mercury exposure are well-known, mercury’s ubiquity in certain beauty products is not.  Products that… Continue Reading

UPDATE: R-E-V-E-R-S-A-L Spells Reversal! The Sixth Circuit Holds Varsity Brands’ Cheerleading Uniform Designs to be Copyrightable.

Posted in IP/Brand Protection
U-P-D-A-T-E! On May 2, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari to address the question: “What is the appropriate test to determine when a feature of a useful article is protectable under § 101 of the Copyright Act?”. The answer to this question may have far-reaching implications for the retail and fashion industries – stay… Continue Reading

Paper Warranties a Thing of the Past?

Posted in Product Liability & Torts
On Tuesday, September 8, 2015, the House passed the E-Warranty Act of 2015, which, if enacted, would require the FTC to revise the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act to allow manufacturers to satisfy the Act’s requirements by digitally posting consumer product warranties on their websites. The E-Warranty Act would permit manufacturers to provide warranty information online only, if… Continue Reading

R-E-V-E-R-S-A-L Spells Reversal! The Sixth Circuit Holds Varsity Brands’ Cheerleading Uniform Designs to be Copyrightable.

Posted in IP/Brand Protection
  A recent decision from the Sixth Circuit highlights the ongoing significance of copyright law for the retail and garment industries. On August 19, 2015, the Sixth Circuit, in reversing the lower court’s decision, held that the “stripes, chevrons, zigzags, and colorblocks” on Varsity Brands’ cheerleading uniforms are protectable by copyright. In Varsity Brands et al v.… Continue Reading

.Sucks to Be You?

Posted in Advertising & Product Risk Management, IP/Brand Protection
Caveat Brand Owner: We are in the beginning of a two-month “sunrise period” for trademark owners to register their marks as second level domain names in “.sucks.” While the purported purpose of the “.sucks” domain name is to provide a forum for customers to voice constructive criticism, trademark owners may disagree.  The hefty price tag… Continue Reading

Expect Increased Scrutiny from the USPTO Regarding Trademark Use Claims

Posted in IP/Brand Protection
Trademark applicants and registrants may experience increased scrutiny of their trademark use claims in light of the results of a recent Pilot Program, conducted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), showing that fifty percent (50%) of approximately 500 randomly selected registrants could not support the claims made in previously filed Declarations of… Continue Reading