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Partner, New York

Monica B. Richman

Partner, New York

Monica B. Richman

Monica Richman has created a leading practice providing counsel to many of the world’s biggest names in fashion, consumer products, entertainment and financial services.

Monica’s background includes a bachelor’s degree with honors from undergraduate business school and more than seven years of training in her family business, which included more than 20 retail stores and a significant wholesale operation. She offers clients a thorough understanding of running a business and offers practical, cost-effective solutions. She was the Inaugural Chair of the Committee on Fashion Law and also chaired the Trademark and Unfair Competition Committee of the New York City Bar Association.

Monica provides comprehensive counseling covering her clients’ entire IP portfolios, including brand conception and enforcement, trademark portfolio development and management, copyright protection and monetization, and domain name strategy and protection. From counseling to negotiation to drafting, Monica regularly advises on a wide variety of transactional matters, including license, agency, distribution, sponsorship, strategic alliance, marketing, procurement and manufacturing agreements. She has served as outside general counsel to fashion and retail companies.

From the 2017 World Trademark Review 100, “Well respected by in-house counsel, [Monica] takes a holistic perspective on problems and has a laser focus on providing value.” She is “incredibly diligent and handles matters with exceptional grace”. “Richman knows this field inside and out” and “instills confidence as a trusted partner. She is particularly well versed in the fashion and media spaces.” One client enthuses: “I can say without qualification that she is the most effective trademark attorney I have had the privilege of working with.”

Area of Expertise:Luxury, Fashion and Beauty


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With more than 100 lawyers and practitioners, situated across 19 of Dentons’ 36 US offices, the Intellectual Property and Technology (IPT) practice offers a full range of services, including prosecution and/or registration of patent, trademark and copyright applications; portfolio maintenance, including renewal of IP rights; litigation and other IP enforcement, including anti-counterfeiting programs; and asset valuation and monetization, including patent, technology and brand licensing and venture formation.

Our patent team works collaboratively with companies, inventors and universities to secure patent rights in the US and globally and to prevent competitors from infringing on their innovations. Our involvement begins at the beginning—sitting down with clients to determine whether protection is necessary and, if so, what kind would be most appropriate. More than 75 members of our group have advanced engineering or science degrees, including more than 20 PhDs, and/or industry experience in electrical engineering, computer science, biological sciences and other patent-heavy areas. More than 80 members of the team are USPTO-registered. The group’s combined knowledge of engineering and science technologies, combined with real-world experience have greatly enhanced the success rate of non-infringement and invalidity issues in patent litigation.

Our IP litigation team has handled complex IP disputes brought by and against many of the world’s largest companies. But we also represent smaller companies, rights holders and individual inventors seeking to enforce or defend against the assertion of patent, trademark, trade secret and copyright claims. Our core enforcement and defense team are experienced trial lawyers who bring to each case a mastery of courtroom strategy and, for patent cases, an understanding of the intricacies of the technology at issue. Working in close coordination with the patent prosecution practice, the litigation team also handles complex third-party challenges before the USPTO, including post-grant reviews (PGRs), inter partes reviews (IPRs) and covered business method reviews (CBMRs).

The trademarks, copyrights and advertising team members have particular experience assisting clients in the retail, entertainment, consumer products and financial services sectors in developing and implementing comprehensive strategies across all global markets for trademark and copyright clearance, registration and portfolio management; rights protection, including monitoring markets for unauthorized uses; and portfolio performance, including licensing/sale and purchase opportunities.

Key service areas

  • Advertising
  • Copyright
  • Defamation and reputation management
  • Franchising and distribution
  • Internet and data protection
  • IP litigation
  • Patent
  • Post-Grant Proceedings
  • Strategic IP planning
  • Strategic sourcing and outsourcing
  • Technology procurement, development and licensing
  • Trademark
  • Venture technology

The global Luxury, Fashion and Beauty group provides a true insight and operational understanding of the sector. With over 60 members, our group delivers international experience to structure, develop and protect your brand and your assets. With a business-minded approach, we assist clients to resolve global, local and industry-specific issues.

Our current internationally dedicated Luxury, Fashion and Beauty team originated in Paris and has expanded around the world. We have been acting for more than 30 years as counsel for world-renowned fashion, luxury and cosmetics houses. Across all Dentons offices, our multi-skilled team provides you with high-quality service whether your business is in product design, manufacturing and licensing, boutique opening, sales or distribution, financing, sourcing or business development. We work closely and share resources with other actors in this industry such as international trade fairs organizers, fashion and designers councils and national and professional associations of leading luxury brands.

The fashion and luxury industry features unique characteristics: often fast-moving product cycles, durability and heritage, trend and style globalization. As attention to detail is paramount, we have developed an in-depth understanding of these features. We provide you with legal substance.

Today our team includes lawyers covering general advisory, transactional and regulatory work, as well as arbitration and litigation before national and EU authorities and jurisdictions. Our lawyers are experienced in intellectual property, distribution, consumer and retail, licensing, mergers and acquisitions, litigation (including trademark and patent litigation) and arbitration, customs and trade, labor, competition, e-commerce, real estate, and tax law.

How we work with you:

  • We address your needs, whether you are an individual, a family-owned business, an institutional investor, a private equity fund or a large business.
  • From consolidating assets on more established markets to targeting newer markets, we bring your objectives into focus.
  • As your brand is your core asset, it is our primary concern when developing innovative management of trademarks and brands portfolios, conducting negotiations with your suppliers or assisting with key business purchases.
  • We service your end-to-end operations. We advise on real estate, tax structure, staff employment and business and reputation protection. We make sure all legal issues are addressed in time so that your boutiques are completed on schedule and deliver the ultimate shopping experience.
  • We are ready to step in during times of emergency. We organize internal compliance audits, provide operational assistance during dawn raids, manage seizure of counterfeit goods and obtain expedited court orders and temporary injunctions.

We provide effective solutions on matters including:

  • Mergers & acquisitions
  • Market entry strategy
  • Distribution
  • Consumer and retail
  • Commercial contracts
  • Intellectual property and brand protection
  • Customs and trade
  • Labor law
  • Competition and antitrust
  • E-commerce
  • Tax

Dentons’ Litigation and Dispute Resolution team has distinguished itself as the choice for companies facing high-stakes and complex litigation and international arbitration across the globe. Our clients benefit from our deep experience, and value the insight and creativity we bring to every assignment.

Whether we are defending the most high-profile class actions in the United States, navigating clients through multifaceted infrastructure and energy-related disputes, responding to catastrophic insurance claims, or protecting our clients’ contractual interests and cutting-edge technology around the world, our aim is simple: produce cost-effective, winning results so our clients can focus on their business.

Our creative resolve also extends beyond the courts and formal arbitration. If we can convince opponents of the error of their ways without the need for litigation, so much the better. Our international disputes team comprises specialists and mediators, experienced in all forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) to help you reach the optimal result for your company.

At Dentons—whatever the dispute—you get a relentless advocate with in-depth experience in the subject at hand. With more than 700 lawyers worldwide, we are leaders in our field with industry knowledge and a multi-disciplinary approach. We are proud of our track record of successfully protecting our clients’ interests. We stand ready to protect you, too.

Areas of focus

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Appellate Advocacy
  • Aviation
  • Class Action Defense
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Competition and Antitrust Litigation
  • Construction and Engineering Disputes
  • Dispute Risk Management
  • E-discovery
  • Employment Disputes
  • Energy Litigation
  • Environmental Litigation
  • ERISA Litigation
  • Financial Services Litigation
  • First Amendment Litigation
  • Information Governance
  • Infrastructure and PPP
  • Insurance Litigation and Arbitration
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Media and Entertainment Litigation
  • Pensions and Benefits Disputes
  • Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation
  • Product Liability Litigation
  • Real Estate Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Regulatory and Administrative Tribunals
  • Sales Practices
  • Securities and Shareholder Litigation
  • Tax Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • White Collar and Government Investigations

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