The apparel and footwear industry has long faced steep import tariffs. As general counsel for Columbia Sportswear Company, Peter Bragdon is accustomed to navigating similarly complex and often cost-prohibitive import regulations in the U.S. and around the globe. Here, Bragdon debriefs how the company has prospered for nearly as long as one still-extant tariff bill, dating back to the 1930s. In an industry where intellectual property fights are common, what measures help Columbia safeguard patented technologies? We have focused on developing an extensive intellectual property portfolio, such as patents and trademarks, across the globe that we believe distinguishes our products […]
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As general counsel for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, Daniel S. Farkas guided the company through a successful initial public offering. In addition to helping it grow its combined fleet to 26 ships, Farkas has assisted with navigating new markets. He reflects on the IPO process and how general counsel can get potential investors excited about a company’s growth prospects. As Norwegian sails into new waters, what regulations are you watching most closely, and how have you adjusted your daily operations to address them? Prior to beginning operations to Cuba in March 2017, we had to become well versed in all […]
As general counsel for BIC Corporation, Steve Burkhart leads the family-owned company’s efforts to stop counterfeit products from proliferating across a growing number of e-commerce platforms. He shared insights on how his team stays ahead of the threat, and what other general counsel can do to safeguard their company’s intellectual property rights. BIC recently filed a lawsuit to stop importation of knock-offs. What can you tell us about the status of the lawsuit, and how do you stay apprised of counterfeit breaches by third-party sources? The cases were filed in the U.S. International Trade Commission and the U.S. Federal District […]
Corporate culture and regulatory compliance will continue to dominate counsel concerns as the year gets underway. From GDPR to California Senate Bill 826, these wide-ranging measures will remain critical for general counsel and corporate boards to navigate, experts say. Read more.