Fashion Law Week 2014 – panel discussion Feb. 25, 2014

Join Chelsea Ferrette and other attorneys and fashion industry leaders in a panel discussion entitled:

Fashion Tech: Evolution of the Online Fashion Landscape

From Rent the Runway to, online retailers are the present and future of shopping. E-commerce has rapidly replaced traditional retail.  No longer is the local mall the primary source for retail therapy. With buying power resting at the tips of your finger tips, tech savvy and not so tech savvy fashion addicts are able peruse the internet for all of their fashion fixes.

This panel will address the evolution of the online fashion landscape and the legal implications related to online sales, online advertising, counterfeiting, free riders, consumer protection rights, trademark rights, social media, licensing, and privacy. 

When: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 from 7:00-8:30PM

Where: Howard University School of Law (2900 Van Ness St. NW, Washington, DC 20008)

Who: The panel will be moderated by Howard University School of Law Professor Olivia Farrar. 

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