Fashion Law and Policy Center

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The Fashion Law and Policy Center (FLPC) is a not for profit organization based in Washington, DC.

Our mission is educate creatives, students and attorneys on new developments in Fashion Law; conduct high quality, independent research; and based on this research, to provide recommendations that advance three goals:

1. Strengthen intellectual property laws to protect American designers;
2. Foster economic opportunity of American fashion designers; and
3. encourage innovation in the field of fashion.


The Winter Edition of the
Intellectual Property Journal

is available for download.

Meet the Founder
Mariessa Terrell, Esq.

Mariessa Terrell

De-Brief Fashionably: A Fashion Law Round Table. February 6, 2012 at the Howard University School of Law, 2900 Van Ness St NW, Washington, DC 20008

Mariessa TerrellMariessa Terrell is a fashion attorney, brander and founder of SBC Law Group (Fashion Trademarks) and the Fashion Law and Policy Center with over 10 years experience providing intellectual property law services to clients as diverse as Lockheed Martin Corp. and Gloria Gelfand Marketing Solutions (Escada, Guido Lombardi, etc).

Mariessa endeavors to make the trademark registration process simple and affordable by selecting, searching and registering trademarks for a flat fee. Prior to starting her own firm, Mariessa worked as Trademark Examining Attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and helped to register thousands of fashion brands including, Revlon, L'oreal, Estee Lauder, Balenciaga, Chanel, Dooney and Burke, Avon and countless others.

In April 2007, Mariessa drafted legislation (Bill 17-173) to create a Commission on Fashion Arts and Events in DC. Mayor Adrian Fenty signed the bill into law in April 2008. Mariessa is a graduate of Howard University School of Law, writes a fashion law and lifestyle blog entitled, Yoo Hoo Darling ( and serves as coordinator for Charming By Design, a fashion camp sponsored by the High Tea Society, a mentoring program for DC girls (

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DeBrief Fashionably

Fashion Law & Policy Center Events

March 16, 2013
MSHOP Legal Aspects of Starting Your Fashion Company
Mariessa Terrell Facilitator
New York City
Click here for link

January 17, 2013
Fashion Law Panel at UC Hastings College of Law
200 McAllister Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA
Featuring: Mariessa Terrell, Esq.; Staci Riordan, Esq. and fashion designer Bryan Scheyer (GrDano)
Click here for link

August 21, 2012:
DC Fashion featuring fashion show moderated by 4 local designers at Smithsonian: Anacostia Community Museum

June 21, 2012:
WALA Trademark Law for Artists, Fashion Designers and Creatives at Artomatic with Mariessa Terrell

May 11, 2012:
Howard University Art, Design, and Fashion Industry Alumni Panel Discussion with Mariessa Terrell
4pm | 2455 6th Street, NW | Washington, DC 20059

April 2, 2012:
Analysis of Innovative Design Protection & Piracy Prevention Act with Alyssa Gowens

February 28, 2012:
Fashion Law Week Panel Discussion at Howard Law School

February 6, 2012:
Discussion on C. Louboutin vs. Yves Saint Laurent at Howard Law School



Fashion Law Week

February 6, 2012 Event


Download documents related to Louboutin vs. YSL for the February 6, 2012 discussion

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