Fashion Counsel with Anthony V. Lupo

Arent Fox's fashion law blog offers news, analysis, and insights for the industry from fashion attorney Anthony Lupo.

Fashion Counsel with Anthony V. Lupo

Brian J. Stevens

Brian Stevens, Associate at Arent Fox
Brian J. Stevens
Washington, DC

Brian Stevens is an associate in Arent Fox’s Intellectual Property and Communications, Technology & Mobile practices.

Client Work

Brian assists in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in telecommunications, software and medical devices. He reviews licensing agreements, evaluates intellectual property portfolios, and performs due diligence in intellectual property matters. Brian also assists with litigation work and post-grant proceedings.

Previous Work

Before joining Arent Fox, Brian worked at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). It was there that he examined patent applications for digital and pulse communication inventions specifically for telecommunications devices, including spread spectrum, repeaters, synchronizers, equalizers, bandwidth manipulation, modulation, receivers, transmitters, and transceivers.

Brian has also served as a legal intern for Hon. Judge Susan Braden at the United States Court of Federal Claims.

Professional Activities

Brian is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and the Giles S. Rich American Inn of Courts.


Blog Posts by Brian J. Stevens

Regulatory, Recall & Prop 65, Intellectual Property, Trademark
Rule Changes at the USPTO Allow for a more Streamlined Industrial Design Registration Process for Foreign Applications

Starting on May 13, 2015, Applicants in the United States who file a single industrial design application at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in English have the opportunity to obtain protection for up to 100 different industrial designs across 44 countries and intergovernmental organizations. This change was published in the USPTO’s Final Rules relating to “Changes to Implement the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs” in April.

As a result, the United States now joins 63 countries and intergovernmental organizations in the Hague System. This allows US Applicants to enjoy a more streamlined process for obtaining protection for their designs globally, virtually eliminating what once was a tedious process of filing numerous industrial design applications across several dozen countries and intergovernmental organizations.

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Intellectual Property, Patent
Enforcing Design Patents: Old Navy Sued for Sandal Designs

What’s the News?

On September 10, 2014, JPT Group, owner of the iconic American fashion brand Bernardo, filed suit in the Southern District of Texas alleging that Old Navy infringed two of Bernardo’s design patents for sandals.

The Details

Bernardo owns two design patents for the ornamental design of its sandals and alleged that Old Navy misappropriated and slavishly imitated its patented designs as shown in the following side-by-side comparison:

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