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23017 Doris Way
Torrance CA 90505
United States
phone: 310-377-5171
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Mr. Sarabia has 30 years of experience in the following areas:

LICENSING: revenue projections, forecasts, standards, performance, breach, selection of licensees, damages;

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: analysis, due diligence, investigations;

COPYRIGHTS: substantial similarity, originality;

TRADEMARKS: secondary meaning, infringement, dilution, searches, investigations, due diligence, theft, trade dress, counterfeiting, rebuttal on damages;

APPAREL BUSINESS: contracts, manufacturing (local, abroad), import, export, sales, distribution, apparel copyrights, substantial similarity of apparel lines, theft and protection of designs, rebuttal on damages;

DESIGN PATENTS: defenses based on lack on originality, identify and analyze obviousness and prior art;

STANDARDS OF PRACTICE OF APPAREL BUSINESS LAWYERS, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAWYERS AND LICENSING LAWYERS
Litigators often reach for doctrines such as res judicata or collateral estoppel to narrow the scope of a case. Res judicata prevents re-litigation of the same claim that was litigated in a prior case. Collateral estoppel prevents re-litigation of the same issue that was decided in a prior case.

EIGHT YEARS AGO Congress decided that the existing means for awarding damages for trademark infringement were not deterring this illegal practice and decided to supplement these measures with statutory damages-a specific range that a court could award even in the absence of proof of a plaintiff's losses or the defendant's profits.

In the last 10 years, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has decided two cases involving naked licensing: Barcamerica International v. Tyfield Importers (9th Cir. 2002) 289 F.3d 589, and Freecyclesunnyvale v. The Freecycle Network (9th Cir. 2010) 626 F.3d 509.

Eight years ago Congress decided that the existing measures of damages for trademark infringement were not deterring trademark infringement. It decided to supplement these measures with statutory damages - a specific range of damages which a court could award even in the absence of proof about plaintiff's losses or defendant's profits.

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Gabriele Goldaper
4342 Redwood Ave., #C309
Marina Del Rey CA 90292
USA
phone: 310-302-1077
fax: 310-302-1077
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Gabriele Goldaper has over 45 years experience in the Fashion, Garment, Textile Industry, as a retailer, manufacturer, consultant, and college instructor. Ms. Goldaper is a perceptive and articulate Expert Witness who has been involved in more than150+ Apparel Industry Legal Disputes. She has been deposed and testified in bench and jury trials and arbitrations, for both defendants and plaintiffs.

Ms. Goldaper has owned her own clothing manufacturing company and has held key executive positions in major public and private companies in Southern California. She has been a Management Consultant to over 200 new, failing or growing apparel companies, and completed assignments for USAID in Romania, Egypt, El Salvador, Moscow, Thailand and Bulgaria as an apparel expert.

Ms. Goldaper is a 30-year member of the faculty at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.

Areas of Expertise Include:
  • Copyright Infringement and Trademark Cases
  • Opinions on Originality and Substantial Similarity
  • Fabric/Print Design, and Origin Issues
  • Garment Construction and Design issues
  • Customs, Practices and Operations of Clothing Business
  • Financial Conditions, Valuations and Financial Matters
  • Issues with Manufacturing Contractors/Factories: Domestic and Off-Shore
  • Wholesale Distribution to Retailers and Internet Sales
  • Quality Standards/Specifications used in Production of Garments
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