Caroline de Baere Expert Witness

Contact Information

  • Company: Laforma, Inc.
  • Phone: 415-290-4696
  • Cell: 415-290-4696
  • Website: www.laforma.net
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Specialties & Experience

General Specialties: Intellectual Property and Manufacturing

Specialty Focus: Footwear Patents, Design and Utility Patent Litigation, Shoe Design, Infringement, Trademark, Utility, Branding, Accessories, Fashion, Footwear Merchandising, Manufacturing, Sales & Strategy

Education: Bachelor of Science - International Business, Sacramento State University, California

Years in Practice: 30+

Number of Times Deposed/Testified in Last 4 Yrs: 2


Additional Information

Caroline de Baere has spent 31 years working with Women's, Men's and Children's footwear brands globally. She combines practical and expert experience to provide design, utility & technical services in footwear intellectual property patent and trademark litigation cases. She is a footwear industry veteran with leadership experience in strategic product design, development, costing, fit, sales and merchandising. For 16 years clients have hired Caroline to consult on concept innovation, design implementation and executive sales analysis and strategy. Caroline's knowledge in footwear design, use and utility allows her to create expert reports and work with a litigation team. Caroline's expert experience in footwear includes utility and design patents, trademark and intellectual property cases, including document analysis, research, report writing and expert testimony at deposition, hearings and trial. Expert Services: 2011 - 2018 o Trademark, design, utility & technical expert services in footwear patent and trademark cases. o Report writing, research, sales analysis and expert testimony. o Clients: Blakely Law Group, WilmerHale, Greer Burns & Crain, Sheppard Mullin Richter Hampton LLP, Goldberg Cohen LLP Caroline holds three patents: o US Patent D785308 Boot with Notch. May 2, 2017 o US Patent D767264 Footwear Outsole design September 27, 2016 o US Patent D741056 Footwear Outsole design, October 20, 2015 o US Patent D398438 Footwear Boot w/ Zipper design. September 22, 1998 Caroline’s career includes 18 years in corporate with brands such as Esprit, LA Gear, Ariat International. From 2013-2015 Caroline served as Vice President, Footwear with a children’s footwear start-up to manage strategic planning, product implementation, sales management and merchandising for the brand’s global launch. Caroline provides an unbiased and open-minded approach to analyzing evidence and researching cases. Skype and Video Conferencing services available