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Friday, November 20, 2009

DAYLIGHT: Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman Holds Food & Hospitality Seminar Featuring Tim Zagat

Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, P.C. presented its second annual Food & Hospitality Seminar in the afternoon of November 18th at the Harvard Club of New York to a room packed with members of the restaurant, food and hospitality industries.  Peachy Deegan was so pleased to be included and met some fabulously intelligent people! The Seminar was entitled “Eat. Drink. Sleep. Succeed.  Strategies for success in good times and bad.”  

Tim Zagat co-founder of Zagat Survey® gave a mesmerizing and humorous presentation placing into context the past, current and future state of the restaurant industry. Kieran Doyle, a partner in CLL’s Intellectual Property group, who represents established restaurants as well as emerging businesses, discussed unique ways to protect the look and feel of a food or hotel business, as well as sound and scent trademarks.    He was followed by Lynn Fruchter, an experienced trademark and licensing attorney at CLL, who provided important insights into licensing and co-branding opportunities to expand rights and increase income without significant capital investment. 
Joel Karni Schmidt, a CLL partner who represents hotels and restaurants in trademark and copyright matters, discussed recent high-profile cases, including a copyright case involving Jessica Seinfeld and her Deceptively Delicious cookbook, a trade secrets lawsuit between Starwood Hotels and Hilton Hotels, a trademark battle involving the Japonais restaurant, and right of publicity cases involving the Naked Cowboy and Woody Allen.  He provided useful tips for avoiding unnecessary lawsuits and protecting core business assets.  

The event was produced and moderated by Bill Borchard, one of CLL’s most experienced IP attorneys, who illustrated an innovative way for a food service company to succeed in a down economy.

About Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, P.C.
Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman is recognized worldwide as a boutique law firm concentrating on intellectual property law and litigation.  The Firm represents some of the world’s leading hotels, restaurants, food producers and retailers, chefs, food writers and critics. The Firm also has practices in the areas of corporate and commercial law, customs, international cargo and regulatory compliance, employment law, real estate law, trusts and estates, information technology and military law.  The Firm’s website is located at  The Firm’s 2008 Food & Hospitality Seminar, was moderated by Mimi Sheraton, and drew a broad range of attendants, including industry leaders and journalists. 

For further information, contact Bill Borchard at (212) 790-9290 or

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