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Speaking Engagements

Design Meets Intellectual Property Law Challenges

November 5, 2017

Kyle-Beth Hilfer  will speak about intellectual property law challenges in hospitality design at BDNY 2017 (Boutique Design New York).  Ms. Hilfer will  discuss legal issues in hospitality design at the concept, manufacture, and purchasing stages. In particular, she will present the challenges of legally protecting furniture, lighting, layouts, and decor. In addition, she will explore opportunities for  protecting unique and original hotel brand experiences and FF&E. Finally, Ms. Hilfer will offer best practices for avoiding intellectual property infringement and achieving protection under patent, copyright and trademark laws. 

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Advocacy and Civility in Arbitration: Do They Go Hand in Hand?

September 5, 2017

Litigations are notoriously hostile proceedings. All too often, advocates come to arbitrations wanting to apply the same strategies and procedural maneuvers they use in court. In fact, such an approach may backfire and violate ethical standards. Best practices in arbitration advocacy differ greatly from those in litigation.

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What You Need to Know Now about Running Legal Social Media Prize Promotions

July 27, 2017

Kyle-Beth Hilfer recently spoke on a webinar offered by The Knowledge Group entitled “Social Media Contests and Sweepstakes: Understanding Legal Considerations and Regulations.” Social media prize promotions  boost engagement and brand awareness and attract customers. While sweepstakes and contests have been around for decades, the social media context creates some unique complications. Here are three important questions you need to ask before running social media prize promotions.

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Restaurant Law University: Branding and Marketing Concerns

May 23, 2017

Hospitality businesses are becoming increasingly creative in their marketing, not only to win new business, but also to maintain relationships with loyal customers. On June 6, 2017, Kyle-Beth Hilfer will moderate and speak at Restaurant Law University. In her presentation on branding, she will discuss the legal implications of various branding and marketing techniques.

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SURTEX Attendees: Legal Tips for Art Licensing Deals

April 21, 2016

If it’s May in New York, it’s time for SURTEX. If you are an artist who licenses your art, you should be planning a trip to New York for the self-proclaimed “marketplace for original art and design.” The SURTEX show can be daunting for newcomers due to its size and scope. While your focus now may be primarily on creating art and figuring out how to transport it to New York, here are some last minute legal tips as you enter the art licensing arena.

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Legal Response to Newcomers’ Concerns in Launching Social Media Campaigns

November 12, 2012

October, 2012 was a busy month for social media panels in Westchester, NY where my offices are located. I spoke at the Westchester County Bar Association about “The Evolution of Lawyers’ Ethics: Traps in Traditional Transactions and in the Use of Social Media” and at the Ad Club of Westchester on “Real World Successes (and Lessons Learned) with Social Media.”

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