Whether your products are handbags, athletic shoes or clothing, the pace of innovation, design and style moves quickly in the apparel and footwear industries. But so too does the pace of copycats and counterfeiters. We are here to create and support appropriate strategies to protect your apparel and footwear products, whether their lifecycle is short or extended.

The Kolisch Hartwell team works with large and small companies, including luxury, athletic and outdoor brands, to provide strategies for protecting and enforcing intellectual property rights. This includes analyzing, recommending and securing trademark, utility patent, design patent, and copyright protection, often on the same products. Indeed, one seemingly simple footwear concept could be supported by many overlapping layers of technology, design and branding protection. Our focus and expertise are global, because they need to be.

A common thread in the apparel and footwear industries is sourcing products from outside the United States, including from China and Mexico, and selling them in international markets, such as Canada and Europe. Our legal team understands how to scale and protect intellectual property rights internationally, and we have extensive experience evaluating, revising and drafting manufacturing and distributor agreements with foreign and domestic partners. We have trusted legal partners on demand throughout the world, to ensure your company enjoys an international scope of protection while maintaining the benefit of personalized, central legal counsel.

Kolisch Hartwell also routinely works with customs agencies, including with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, to help identify and eliminate counterfeit goods, keeping your customers and your business protected from knockoffs and counterfeit goods.

Our size and location allow us to provide world class services at rates much lower than those typically offered by larger firms based in more expensive cities. Learn more about our services or contact us to find out how we can help with your company’s IP needs.