Doug Lipstone



UCLA School of Law
Moot Court
Honors Program

Tokyo University, Tokyo, Japan
(Courses in Copyright,
International Business
Transactions and
Japanese Legal System)

University of California
at Berkeley
B.S. Business Administration
with a dual emphasis
in Finance and Marketing

Bar Admissions:

For more than 25 years, Doug Lipstone has been representing clients in the formation, acquisition and protection of trademarks and copyrights in the United States and throughout the world, as well as in the negotiation, documentation and enforcement of licensing, manufacturing and distribution agreements for local, regional and worldwide markets.

A major focus of Doug’s practice has been the fashion industry. Doug works with both start-ups and larger nationally known brands and companies, including manufacturers of clothing, footwear, headwear, jewelry, handbags, luggage, cosmetics, and other fashion accessories, as well as local, regional, national and international retailers. Doug also represents manufacturers and retailers of consumer electronics and professional DJ equipment, automotive products and protective gear for professional MMA fighters.

In addition, Doug has been integral in the efforts of the California fashion industry to block the passage of the Design Piracy Prohibition Act (S. 1957 and H.R. 2033) since its introduction in 2007, as well as all subsequent related legislation, including the Innovative Design Protection and Piracy Prevention Act (S. 3728 and H.R. 2511), first introduced in 2010.

Practice Areas

  • Trademark Registration (US and international)
  • Copyright Registration
  • Intellectual Property Transactions
  • Intellectual Property Disputes and Litigation
  • Corporate and Transactional Law
  • Business and Commercial Disputes

Representative Matters / Areas of Concentration

  • Registration of trademarks in the US, and extension of protection in commercial markets throughout the world
  • Opposition and cancellation practice before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board
  • Preparing and responding to cease and desist letters
  • Trademark/Copyright infringement litigation
  • Brand extension by means of a comprehensive program of targeted licensing agreements
  • Act as outside general counsel


  • Advisory Board of California Fashion Association
  • Buchalter Nemer
  • Loeb & Loeb

Speaking / Writing / Quoted

  • Quoted at on October 7, 2015, in the article Are Copyright Trolls Taking Over The Fashion Industry
  • Frequently quoted in articles in the California Apparel News, including the following:
      • February 14, 2014 – Strategies For Avoiding Copyright Infringement
      • March 28, 2013 – What’s In A Name? Rebranding Helps Nudge Clothing lines To A New Level
      • April 27, 2012 – So You Think That They’re Knocking Off Your Line
      • October 12, 2011 – Noir Or Knockoff? You Decide
      • September 3, 2010 – Fashion Copyright Bill Reintroduced — With Changes
          • November 12, 2014 – Los Angeles County Bar Association: “Business Affairs For Fashion Industry Start-ups”
          • August 18, 2013 – California Fashion Association Presentation to the Consulate General of Brazil: “Fashion Retailing In The U.S.”
          • October 11, 2011 – Los Angeles International Textile Show: “Current Issues Affecting the Apparel Industry Today”
          • May 13, 2010 – UCLA Extension: “The Business of Creativity”
          • November 8, 2007 – International Textile & Apparel Association: “Intellectual Property – Can Fashion be Copyrighted?”
          • April 25, 2007 – Presentation to the US Chamber of Commerce: “Fashion Piracy”
          • February 12, 2007 – ASAP International Sourcing Show: “What You Need to Know About The Fashion Industry In the United States”
        • Published: The National Law Journal: Fashion Copyright Suits May Be In Style, published August 23, 2007