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Robert Barchiesi will join the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition as president effective Feb. 11.

Robert Barchiesi will join the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition as president effective Feb. 11. As president of the IACC, Barchiesi’s responsibilities include legislative initiatives and extending the organization’s relationships with other trade associations and intellectual property task forces. He will also be responsible for the organization’s own training and enforcement initiatives in the U.S. and overseas. Previously, Barchiesi was the director of investigations for the Recording Industry of America. In his prior position, Barchiesi was responsible for civil and criminal enforcement initiatives. He also established trademark task forces in Los Angeles, New York and Newark, N.J.

GGW Marketing and Mantra Films, which owns the Girls Gone Wild trademarks, reached a settlement with Dolce & Gabbana USA Inc. and Neiman Marcus Group, according to a release from the company earlier this month. “We are pleased that the lawsuit against Dolce & Gabbana USA Inc. has been resolved,” said Joe Francis, chief executive officer of GGW Marketing and Mantra Films. According to legal documents, GGW Marketing filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles federal court on Dec. 1, 2006 for alleged trademark infringement and unfair competition. According to a spokeswoman for GGW Marketing, the lawsuit was sparked by a Dolce & Gabbana sportswear collection that utilized the phrase “gone wild.” The line was sold in Neiman Marcus stores. GGW Marketing holds trademark registrations for the phrase “gone wild,” the spokeswoman said. Dolce & Gabbana was not immediately available for comment. Neiman Marcus declined to comment.