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Media and entertainment law firm Crefovi goes to 2015 Cannes Film Festival

London media and entertainment law firm Crefovi, hot on the heels of joining the Beverly Hills Bar Association, will network, do deals and mingle at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

2015 cannes film festivalLondon media and entertainment law firm Crefovi is taking an increasingly targeted approach to developing and strengthening its films and motion pictures practice. Further to a scouting trip to Los Angeles in January 2015, to joining the Beverly Hills Bar Association in March 2015, London media and entertainment law firm Crefovi has received its professional accreditation to attend the Cannes Film Festival from 13 to 24 May 2015. 

Crefovi’s expertise in advising clients on motion picture and films matters, such as film finance, production agreements and day-to-day management of the legal aspects of a film production, has also taken a new turn earlier this year when it became admitted to the panel of arbitrators and mediators of WIPO Films, Media and Entertainment section of the Arbitration and Mediation Center. London media and entertainment law firm Crefovi offers both contentious and non-contentious legal advice with respect to motion picture and film deals.

We will be there!

Its presence at the Cannes Film Festival is paramount, in order to catch up with Crefovi’s clients, network with prospects, other professionals working for the film industry and the organisers of the festival. 

Indeed, the Cannes Film Festival is – by far – the most prestigious annual motion pictures and films tradeshow in the world. It has remained faithful to its founding purpose: to draw attention to and raise the profile of films with the aim of contributing towards the development of cinema, boosting the film industry worldwide and celebrating cinema at an international level. Top talent, management and professionals from the film industry all congregate in Cannes, every year, to talk shop and have fun.

Crefovi at 2015 Cannes Film Festival

Annabelle Gauberti, founding and managing partner of Crefovi,  will be attending the Cannes Film Festival and its events. We have long seen the Cannes Film Festival as one of the key international events in the film industry calendar so it’s a real privilege to be accredited to attend this.

As well as talks, discussions, workshops and amble networking opportunities at the Film Market, the Cannes Film Festival also has an interesting line up of features films and short films to showcase. With a diverse mix of genres we are particularly looking forward to discovering ‟Macbeth, with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, and Matthew McConaughey and Naomi Watts in Gus Van Sant’s ‟The Sea of Trees”.

If this all sounds like too good an opportunity to miss, you can book your accreditation and see the full official selection of the Cannes Film Festival, on the Festival de Cannes’ website. One of the USPs of the Cannes Film Festival events is the focus on creating a real dialogue between attendees and speakers, so if you happen to attend the discussion Annabelle is participating in please don’t hesitate to ask her a question!

You can also catch her afterwards if you have anything specific you would like to discuss. See you there!



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    Crefovi ranked luxury goods expert by Chambers

    London fashion law firm Crefovi is recommended as a top expert in the industrial sector luxury & fashion by the guide Chambers & Partners: we reached another milestone! Crefovi ranked luxury goods expert by Chambers.

    Crefovi ranked luxury goods expert by ChambersOn 28 April 2015, Chambers & Partners issued its ranking of the top law firms specialised in the luxury goods sector: London fashion law firm Crefovi came out on top! Indeed, Crefovi is ranked luxury goods expert by Chambers

    The team of Crefovi is described in Chambers & Partners’ 2015 Europe guide as being known as a ‟dedicated fashion law and luxury goods boutique, with a large portfolio of cross-border work supported by offices in Paris and London. Expertise in IP, commercial contracts and tax advice. Varied client roster includes fashion brands and agents, as well as crowdfunding platforms in the industry”

    One of our clients’ quotes is mentioned, as well, in Chambers & Partners’ 2015 Europe guide, as follows: ‟The firm’s key strength is its fashion market experience and familiarity with key issues in Europe for new brands entering the market”.

    Crefovi’s founding and managing partner, Annabelle Gauberti, is mentioned as the key contact for the firm. She has acquired extensive knowledge and experience in the legal field, as it applies to the fashion and luxury industries, either in litigation related or non-litigation related matters. She is delighted that Crefovi’s legal and sectoral expertise, as well as the quality of the services provided by our fashion law firm, are recognised as being outstanding.

    Crefovi is ranked by Chambers & Partners as an expert in the luxury goods sector, along with other prestigious and well-established law firms, such as DLA Piper, Hogan Lovells, Dentons, August & Debouzy and Jones Day.

    Crefovi has an ambitious programme of seminars, entitled the ‟law of fashion and luxury goods series” which it is rolling out from 2014 to 2016, in partnership with the international association of lawyers for the creative industries (ialci), which it sponsors.

    The third seminar to this programme of the law of fashion and luxury goods series is going to be announced soon, so stay tuned to snap up your attendance ticket to this high-profile event for the fashion and luxury industries, to be hosted in London.



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      Annabelle Gauberti becomes arbitrator for WIPO’s Films, Media & Entertainment section of the Arbitration & mediation center

      Annabelle Gauberti, founding and managing partner of London law firm Crefovi, focused on advising the creative industries, is now a neutral for the Films, entertainment and media section of the Arbitration & mediation center of the World intellectual property office (‟WIPO”).

      Annabelle Gauberti becomes arbitrator for WIPOBased in Geneva, the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center was established in 1994 to offer alternative dispute resolution (‟ADR”) options for the resolution of international commercial disputes between private parties. Developed by leading experts in cross-border dispute settlement, the arbitration, mediation and expert determination procedures offered by the Center are widely recognised as particularly appropriate for technology, entertainment and other disputes involving intellectual property.

      To date, the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center has administered some 400 mediation, arbitration and expert determination cases. Most of these cases have been filed in recent years. 33 percent of the mediations and (expedited) arbitration cases filed with the WIPO Center included an escalation clause providing for WIPO mediation followed by WIPO (expedited) arbitration.

      The subject matter of the mediation and arbitration cases so far administered by the WIPO Center includes artistic production finance agreements, art marketing agreements, consultancy and engineering disputes, copyright issues, distribution agreements for pharmaceutical products, Information Technology agreements including software licenses, joint venture agreements, patent infringements, patent licenses, research and development agreements, technology transfer agreements, telecommunications related agreements, trademark issues (including trademark coexistence agreements), TV distribution rights, as well as cases arising out of agreements in settlement of prior court litigation.

      Amounts in dispute in WIPO mediations and arbitrations have varied from USD20,000 to several hundred million USD. The remedies claimed in arbitration proceedings have included damages, infringement declarations and specific performance, such as a declaration of non-performance of contractual obligations, or of infringement of rights, further safeguards for the preservation of confidentiality of evidence, the provision of a security, the production of data, the delivery of goods or the conclusion of new contracts.

      The WIPO Center has a Film and Media Panel, also known as Films, Entertainment and Media section. Currently, this Panel includes 7 mediators and arbitrators from France and 11 from the UK.

      On 13 April 2015, Annabelle Gauberti becomes arbitrator for WIPO: she was notified by the WIPO Center that she had been admitted as a mediator and arbitrator on the Film and Media Panel, for the jurisdictions of France and the UK. She looks forward to working on future mediation and arbitration cases as an mediator and arbitrator of the WIPO Center.

      Crefovi has a distinguished and strong Litigation & dispute resolution practice, in particular in the intellectual property, entertainment and media, and luxury goods and fashion sectors

      The WIPO Mediation and Expedited Arbitration Rules for Film and Media have been specifically tailored to resolve disputes in the film and media sectors, without the need for court litigation.

      Potential users of the WIPO Mediation and Expedited Arbitration Rules for Film and Media include film makers, directors, actors, performers, guild and industry associations, producers, authors, screenwriters, creators, investors, financiers, film funds, performance bond companies, insurers, sales agents, entertainment, media and IP lawyers consultants and accountants, distributors, broadcasters, exhibitors, publishing houses, trade federations, collecting societies, users of creative material.



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        Legal 500 recommends Crefovi in the ‟intellectual property” category

        The prestigious directory of most prominent law firms, Legal 500, recommends Crefovi, and its founding and managing partner Annabelle Gauberti, in the practice area ‟Intellectual property”. We are delighted!

        Legal 500 recommends Crefovi in the ‟intellectual property” categoryLegal 500 recommends Crefovi in the ‟Intellectual property” category! Indeed, Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2015 has recommended London IP law firm Crefovi in the following practice area: ‟France – Intellectual property – Boutiques – Other recommended firms”.

        Since Crefovi was founded three years ago, we are super proud to already be ranked in the prestigious guide and directory Legal 500.

        This important recognition, coming from such a prominent legal guide, is a testament to the pioneering work and proprietary research that London IP law firm Crefovi has always strived to accomplish since its foundation, in particular in the growing legal field of the law of luxury goods and fashion.

        Crefovi’s founding and managing partner Annabelle Gauberti has acquired extensive knowledge and experience in the legal field, as it applies to the fashion and luxury industries, either in litigation related or non-litigation related matters.

        She is delighted that her legal and sectoral expertise, as well as the quality of the services provided by London IP law firm Crefovi, are recognised as being outstanding. She is proud that Legal 500 recommends Crefovi in intellectual property category. 

        London IP law firm Crefovi has an ambitious programme of seminars, entitled the ‟law of fashion and luxury goods series” which it is rolling out from 2014 to 2016, in partnership with the international association of lawyers for the creative industries (ialci), which it sponsors.

        The third seminar to this programme of the law of fashion and luxury goods series is going to be announced soon, so stay tuned to snap up your attendance ticket to this high-profile event for the fashion and luxury industries, to be hosted in London.



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          Is intellectual property in fashion & luxury a relevant topic? You bet!

           

          A critical external risk that all managers of luxury goods and fashion companies are eager to protect themselves from is the infringement of their intellectual property rights, and in particular, brand dilution and the weakening of brand image. Lawyers are the best weapon luxury goods companies can use to enforce intellectual property in fashion and luxury, and to fight against counterfeiting, especially now that so many counterfeited products are sold on the Internet.

          intellectual property in fashionWe, at ialci and Crefovi, had a great time on Tuesday 10 February 2015, discussing these issues and challenges during our law of luxury goods series seminar on ‟intellectual property: how to protect, manage & monetize the know-how, intangible capital, brand image and reputation of luxury maisons & fashion brands”.

          We first heard the view of General Counsel Catherine Palmer, who looks after all intellectual property matters at the Joseph Group. She explained how to strike a delicate balance, between the impulses as well as creative drive of in-house fashion designers on the one hand, and legal and regulatory restrictions on the other hand, in order to contain the paradox of fashion. 

          We then looked at some pragmatic examples of the challenges faced by fashion and luxury brands in the intellectual property field, by analysing the recent English design law case Kaldor v Lee Ann and the American trademark law and trade dress case Converse v 31 of its competitors. What transpired from these two presentations is that the courts have ample powers to assess the merits of each case, on a case-by-case basis, looking at the specific facts and applicable laws and case-law in relation to those facts. While English courts have previously used ‟objective similarities” between designs to decide on copying, this may no longer be enough as the case Kaldor v Lee Ann illustrates.

          As far as the Converse case is concerned, it is telling that some of its most high-profile fashion competitors, such as Ralph Lauren, have already decided to settle, while the parallel cases, lodged with the US district court from the Eastern district of New York and the US International Trade Commission, are ongoing.

          But legal solutions are not enough, as Netnames explained in the following presentation: lawyers and internet companies such as Netnames must work together, in order to implement the wide spectrum of legal and non-legal solutions offered to fashion and luxury brands to fight against brand dilution, counterfeiting and reputational risks online.

          We kept a very ‟down-to-earth” approach to our seminar, by showcasing three talks on the enforcement of intellectual property rights in the three largest countries of the European Union, namely, Germany, France and Great-Britain. While full-blown litigation seems widely discouraged in England & Wales, in view of its prohibitively high costs and strict obligation to attempt to settle by sending a letter prior to court action, France and Germany seem much more IP right owners-friendly, with France probably being the worldwide champion in terms of almost nonexistent court costs, extremely protective legislation and case-law towards talent creators and no procedural rules applying to any pre-trial obligation to attempt to settle any legal issues out-of-court.

          We were then graced with the presence and contribution from Michael Skrein, an expert on the protection of image and publicity rights of celebrities in England and Wales. What is the state of play to efficiently protect celebrities’ personality and images rights in the UK? What previous case law was used, in order to use the tort of passing off in relation to the facts opposing Rihanna to Topshop? What is the piece of advice to celebrities and to fashion brands? These were some of the questions that Michael tacked during his talk, which was then complimented by Icondia’s view on the subject.

          Icondia gave an enlightening description of the new legal framework which has been created in Guernsey, further to the entering into force of the Image rights ordinance 2012: it is now possible to record on a public register, in Guernsey, the personality rights of celebrities in order to protect these rights adequately in case of infringement.

          To conclude, getting appropriate advice from top practitioners in this sector, such as specialised intellectual property lawyers, patent and trademark attorneys and online providers such as Netnames and Icondia, is an integral element of the success of a well thought-out and carefully-planned intellectual property and brand enforcement strategy.  

          We were also delighted to read that our seminar was found entertaining albeit rich in content and information, by members of the press. Indeed, Suleman Ali, an eminent blogger for the IPKat, commented on our event in his piece ‟IP in luxury goods and fashion: a patent Kat investigates”

          You can also watch the videos of some of the presentations done at this seminar here:

            

          Highlight trailer of ialci and Crefovi seminar on ‟Intellectual property: how to protect, manage & monetize the know-how, intangible capital, brand image and reputation of luxury maisons & fashion brands” in London – 10 February 2015

          Alexander Rozycki, Barrister, 4-5 Gray’s Inns Square, at ialci and Crefovi seminar on ‟Intellectual property: how to protect, manage & monetize the know-how, intangible capital, brand image and reputation of luxury maisons & fashion brands” in London – 10 February 2015

          Annabelle Gauberti, Founding and managing partner, Crefovi, at ialci and Crefovi seminar on ‟Intellectual property: how to protect, manage & monetize the know-how, intangible capital, brand image and reputation of luxury maisons & fashion brands” in London – 10 February 2015

          Stuart Durham, General manager UK, NetNames, at ialci and Crefovi seminar on ‟Intellectual property: how to protect, manage & monetize the know-how, intangible capital, brand image and reputation of luxury maisons & fashion brands” in London – 10 February 2015

          Holger Alt, Partner, von Boetticher, at ialci and Crefovi seminar on ‟Intellectual property: how to protect, manage & monetize the know-how, intangible capital, brand image and reputation of luxury maisons & fashion brands” in London – 10 February 2015

          Jane Lambert, Barrister, 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square, at ialci and Crefovi seminar on ‟Intellectual property: how to protect, manage & monetize the know-how, intangible capital, brand image and reputation of luxury maisons & fashion brands” in London – 10 February 2015

          Annabelle Gauberti, Founding and managing partner, Crefovi, at ialci and Crefovi seminar on ‟Intellectual property: how to protect, manage & monetize the know-how, intangible capital, brand image and reputation of luxury maisons & fashion brands” in London – 10 February 2015

          Keith Laker, Partner, Icondia, at ialci and Crefovi seminar on ‟Intellectual property: how to protect, manage & monetize the know-how, intangible capital, brand image and reputation of luxury maisons & fashion brands” in London – 10 February 2015



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