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Fashion Copyright Bill Dies in Congress

Posted in The Business of Fashion

I hope everyone had a great holiday season and for those of you in the office, are having a smooth transition back. 2012 came to a crazy year end for Congress, and while they may have resolved the income tax portion of the fiscal cliff, they postponed the rest of the open issues until 2013.  We’ll… Continue Reading

Fashion, Food, Football and Finance

Posted in The Business of Fashion

Caught your attention, right?  What in the world does Fashion, Food, Football and Finance have in common?  And why are you reading about it on the Fashion Law Blog? Well, all four industries are thriving, despite having very little intellectual property protection.  They are also covered in Professor Kal Raustiala and Professor Christopher Sprigman’s new… Continue Reading

Redalert: Louboutin v. YSL Dimissed

Posted in Fashion Intellectual Property

Hi Y’all! Well, YSL and Louboutin are in the news again. Just in case you missed it, here is what happened: Harley Lewin appeared on Bloomberg Law with Spencer Mazyck [see video below]. During the interview, Lewin claimed victory and predicted YSL and Louboutin would settle the action. His prediction came true, because today, YSL… Continue Reading

A response to Bloomberg Law’s Interveiw of Professor Scafidi: IDPPPA is better called the Destruciton of Affordable Fashion Act

Posted in The Business of Fashion

I said it before and in response to Bloomberg Law’s interview of Professor Susan Scafidi [Video] I will say it AGAIN: IDPPPA will not prevent improper litigation.  Period. Any argument that the "Heighten Pleading Standard" will prevent improper suits i.e. suits based on a designer’s belief that their design is unique or original, is just nonsense, or… Continue Reading

The “Destruction of Affordable Fashion Bill” or IDPPPA gets one step closer to becoming Fashion Law

Posted in Design Piracy Prohibition Act (DPPA), Fashion Intellectual Property, The Business of Fashion

Consumers beware.  The cost of clothing is about to rise.  Reasonably priced fashionable items will be non-existent and affordable clothing will be utilitarian and boring.  Why?  The Innovative Design Protection and Piracy Prevention Act ("IDPPPA") was unanimously approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday and now moves into the Senate for a full vote. Deceptively… Continue Reading

IDPPPA will not prevent frivolous litigation

Posted in The Business of Fashion

In a position paper published by the California Apparel News on September 24, 1010, Kevin M. Burke President and CEO, American Apparel & Footwear Association ("AAFA") said: The IDPPPA also dramatically curtails the opportunities for the industry to become mired in frivolous lawsuits. Unlike previous attempts at design-piracy legislation, this bill establishes a clear system to both… Continue Reading

An Open Letter to The Fordham Fashion Law Institute

Posted in The Business of Fashion

Dear Susan: As a fellow fashion lawyer, I applaud what you are doing at Fordham University with the Fashion Law Institute, despite your unfortunate "pink and lavender" comments to New York Magazine, and agree that the fashion industry desperately needs fashion lawyers who have industry insight and knowledge. I have to say, though, that the comments published… Continue Reading

Why IDPPPA is going to KO the Business of Fashion

Posted in Design Piracy Prohibition Act (DPPA), Fashion Intellectual Property, The Business of Fashion

Apparel manufacturers.  I am worried about the Innovative Design Protection and Piracy Prevention Act ("IDPPPA") and so should you.  Do you know that last week WWD predicted a 10-15% rise in the wholesale price of fashion products for spring 2011? Or home sales are down 27% this year and unemployment remains about 9.5%? Or that cotton costs are up… Continue Reading

BREAKING NEWS: New Design Piracy Bill Introduced into Senate

Posted in Design Piracy Prohibition Act (DPPA)

Well, we knew it was coming.  Today, Senator Charles Schumer introduced the Innovative Design Protection and Piracy Prevention Act, or Senate Bill S. 3728 (IDPPPA). While it seems that NY academics, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) have signed off on this bill, I cannot find any indication that… Continue Reading

Johanna Blakley: Lessons from fashion’s free culture

Posted in Design Piracy Prohibition Act (DPPA), Fashion Intellectual Property, The Business of Fashion

I just saw this presentation tonight online that Johanna Blakley gave at the TED conference: Not sure if I embedded it correctly, so you may have to click here for the PDF or click here for it on You Tube.  Johanna oversees USC’s Ready to Share project. Anyone interested in Design Piracy or whether Fashion Should be Copyrighted… Continue Reading

Video Clips From The Design Piracy Prohibition Act (DPPA) Panel

Posted in Design Piracy Prohibition Act (DPPA)

On Tuesday, April 20th, the California Fashion Association hosted a presentation and panel discussion on the Design Piracy Prohibition Act (DPPA), as part of the ‘Market Tuesday’ series for the California Market Center.  I was honored to have been asked to speak, and I am working on posting some video clips.  I am still having… Continue Reading

“LOOK:” Oscar Night Fashion and DPPA is Rising from the Dead

Posted in Design Piracy Prohibition Act (DPPA), Fashion Intellectual Property

The best part of the Oscars is the fashion.  While there were definitely some misses last night, and some boring entries, my favorite look was Sandra Bullock’s metallic Marchesa gown.  And for the record, she is one of my favorite actress ~ I am SO glad she won (Best Actress for The Blind Side in case you… Continue Reading

Investment and Mentoring: Mirror the Success of Alexander Wang with FashInvest

Posted in The Business of Fashion

In 2008, Alexander Wang won the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award.  Alexander Wang won cash and mentoring to learn how to "execute my ideas into a business,” as he states in a recent New York Times article by  Ruth La Ferla.  Since winning the award, Alexander Wang has grown his company into a 25 million dollar business. Jennifer… Continue Reading