Mr. Sarabia has experience with consumer licensing (revenue, standards, performance and breaches), trademarks, copyrights, and the apparel business. He can testify, identify important issues and suggest discovery in his areas of expertise. His areas of expertise include secondary meaning, trade dress, design patents, similarity of marks, intellectual property due diligence, trademark and copyright infringement, theft of trademarks, and intellectual property analysis and valuation. He can evaluate licensee and licensor performance under the standards of the industry. In the apparel business he can review performance of a wide array of agreements to determine if it is consistent with the standards of the industry. Click here to see a short video of Mr. Sarabia.
Apparel: During his 25 years of experience, Mr. Sarabia 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 Mr. Sarabia 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?, Mr. Sarabia 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.
Mr. Sarabia has worked closely with prominent designers, and understands the importance of protecting the products of creative minds. Mr. Sarabia 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: Mr. Sarabia 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: His 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: Based on his 25 years of experience with copyrights, Mr. Sarabia has provided opinions on originality and substantial similarity.
Standards of Practice of Apparel Business Lawyers, Intellectual Property Lawyers and Licensing Lawyers: Based on his 25 years of in depth experience as a lawyer in the apparel business and with intellectual property and licensing law, Mr. Sarabia can provide expert opinions as to the standard of care of lawyers in these areas. He has provided such opinions for both defendants and plaintiffs.
Standards of Practice of Lawyers Supervising Private Investigators: Mr. Sarabia has managed hundreds of investigations of related to civil and criminal matters and tens of thousands of non-litigated matters. He has trained other investigators, attorneys, police and U.S. Customs agents in intellectual property investigations. Due to his vast experience in this area, he is qualified to testify about the generally accepted standards of supervision of private investigators, for example, whether the attorneys and companies which have hired an investigator have been negligent in their supervision.
Design Patents: defenses based on lack of originality, identify and analyze obviousness and prior art.
Antonio R. Sarabia II
3463 Tanglewood Lane
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274-4131
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