Tuesday, August 28, 2012

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Tops

Top 5 Reasons This Apple v. Samsung Case Isn't Over Yet...

Tech giants Apple and Samsung have been in a patent infringement battle which recently ended in shocking form.  With Samsung being forced to pay damages to Apple for infringing on design patents the iPhone maker holds dear, one would have thought this could be set in stone upon final ruling.  
Photo via mediatapper.com

Not so fast...

With major help our tech-savvy friend GuyverV, we have a few quick reasons this case is probably just starting to heat up.

1.  The Jury has said way too much.
Jurors have admitted they ignored the judge's instructions and also issued the wrong type of damages to Samsung. They were also blatant about disregarding 2 major prongs of patent law: obviousness and prior art.  More on those later...

2.  The jury didn't believe that reading is fundamental (regarding instructions).
Again referring to #1, they ignored the judge's instructions, provided to give them guidelines on how to determine the outcome.  Sure, the instructions were over 100 pages, but a case like this is paramount in such a specialty of law--not to mention, the duty of a juror is no task to be taken lightly. The jury foreman was reported as saying they "wanted to make sure the message we sent was not just a slap on the wrist".  However, the judge instructed them to apply actual damages (compensation), not punitive damages (punishment).  

3.  9 Northern Californians can't really be considered a "jury of Samsung's peers".  
One has to wonder about the background of the jurors, particularly considering their need for speed in getting the verdict done. We all love our weekends, but the role of a juror is serious. Maybe having more jurors with technology backgrounds or even art backgrounds might have done the case more justice. 

4.  The main prongs of patent law were hardly honored.
The pinch-to-zoom and double tap-to-zoom were 2 of the main patent issues Samsung took a hard loss on in this case.  Each of these ideas should have been cleared of infringement claims because of the prior art and obviousness elements so fundamental to patent law.  Prior art refers to a design or function's reliance on a prior design as its foundation.  It leans heavily on obviousness, which can preclude infringement because of a newer design's clear evolution from a previous work.  Pinch-to-zoom and double tap-to-zoom are pretty obvious progressions when examining the technological advancement of touch screens. 

5.  The patent law industry won't let this case stand as precedent.
Because of the outcome resulting from this case, an appeal is needed without question. Ignoring the elements of prior art and obviousness cannot be held up for further cases to rely on.

We'll continue watching this one, for sure.  Thanks as always to GuyverV for the great technology insights.  

For more details on the Apple v. Samsung litigation, check out these articles:

Monday, August 27, 2012

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Spotlights

Nikki B. of Grey Matter Photography--

Just a couple weeks ago, I heard about Words Scar: A Photography Exhibition, from our friends at Official Anais PR.  This event was intriguing--especially after watching this video.   The photographer sought to give children a voice, through pictures.  In an unfortunate climate of bullying, Nikki B. found a way to shine a light on the harsh repercussions of words so easily spewed.

I had the chance to chat more with Nikki.  Here's what she told me:

Nikki said she got into photography by happenstance.  It started off as "just something to do" and quickly grew into a passion, once she took a photography class at the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago.  She continued to teach herself more about the craft and started taking a camera wherever she went.  I asked her what sparked her passion, and she told me "when you're passionate about something, you'll do whatever to get better at it".  She's clearly done just that.

When asked about her early works, she recalled shooting events, family portraits, and headshots.  Although she still enjoys these types of projects, she is continuously inspired by "truth".  She loves capturing people, taking candid shots, yet also making her work a way to tell untold stories.  She wants to make known what many are fearful to address.  This sentiment is one of the main premises of Words Scar.

Words Scar was inspired by the unfortunate violence in the City of Chicago.  The project became a way to interact daily with kids, get their stories and find out why they are so enraged.  Many believe the genesis of the violence is within, rather than a major fault of legislation or lack of policing.  Nikki put the spotlight on children living amongst the violence.  She told me she asked them what names they had been called and how the names made them feel.  She took this as her chance to become a voice for young people, to get adults to better understand how to help them.

Connecting with kids from her church, and some family friends, Nikki gave her time and dedication to work toward getting to the bottom of things.   The children were from all parts of the City and suburbs, giving a diversified view of what is really troubling our youth.  I asked Nikki what her goal was for Words Scar, and the answer was enlightening.  She shared her desire to "evoke change in people--in how they think and use words".  Sure, you may not think this is a new thought, but the ability to point to examples of action on it is surely more challenging.

Nikki wants to continue being a voice of youth.  Such a voice is critical in the landscape we plant for our future.  She told me she wants to continue engaging kids and finding out ways to help them.  We certainly need more like her.

I really enjoyed Nikki's exhibit, and talking further with her about her statement-making photography.  If you'd like to see more from her--and you should--check her out on the web and even request a private showing.  It will be more than worth your time...and thoughts.

Grey Blog

Thanks Nikki!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Entertainment

Commemorate the Haitian Massacre--

Nehanda Loiseau is one of our favorite entertainers, so whatever she's a part of, we are certain it will be  amazing.  Check out this event--learn and enjoy!

Artists from Across the Americas Commemorate
75 years after the Haitian Massacre with an
International Premiere Performance

(New York, NY- August 25, 2012) – Artists from across the Americas are coming together to breathe life to a tragedy long forgotten, and for some, a tragedy they never knew took place. On Saturday, August 25 from 7-9pm, “An Evening of Monologues in Remembrance of the Haitian Massacre” will be performed at Bailout Theater at Judson Memorial Church (55 Washington Square South, New York, NY). Admittance is a $10 suggested donation. This fundraiser will support events taking place on October 5 and 6 in Dajabón, Dominican Republic to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the massacre, as well as strengthen the work being done on the ground around the Haitian and Dominican border. Activities on the border will include a presentation of this performance.
A collection of powerful and poignant monologues will feature the work of writers from as far as British Columbia and Austin, Texas to as close as Boston, D.C. and New York City. Writers are France-Luce Benson, Magaly Colimon-Christopher, Kathleen Gonzales, Shareen Knight, Patrick Mombrun, Rebecca Osborne, Martha Patterson and Christine Suero. Performances by Paule Aboite, Tammi Cubilette, Juliette Jeffers, Antonio David Lyons, Francis Mateo, Angela Polite and Christine Suero.

Members of the Haitian and Dominican diaspora and activists across the country are coming together to commemorate, collaborate and spread awareness about the 75thanniversary of the Haitian Massacre and to shed light on current injustices faced by Dominicans of Haitian descent living in the Dominican Republic. Activities are planned for October 5-6, 2012. For more information and to get involved, visit borderoflights.org.

The mission of CAFÉ is to provide a hub for creativity and inspiration for professional women of Caribbean descent in the Entertainment industry. As actors, playwrights, directors, producers and screenwriters, CAFÉ women are committed to advancing the voice of the female artist. Bridging artistic work with philanthropy, CAFÉ women are committed to advancing the voice of the Caribbean.

Bailout Theater @ Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square South, NY, NY 10012-1018

Border of Lights/Caribbean Association for Females in Entertainment (CAFÉ)

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Loves Chicago

Fashion in the Streets - West Loop!

We are so excited about this event.  It's Chicago.  It's Fashion.  And it's in the West Loop!  Put this event on your schedule and get excited about a great time!

Green Curtain Events is bringing an exciting new event to Chicago! We have been working over the past year on a concept for a new style of street festival here in the heart of our city and have created: Fashion In The Street. We are looking to upscale the festival scene with an event catered to great fashion and food in an outdoor setting. This event will provide alternative forms of live entertainment featuring local artists and designers to showcase the BEST of Chicago’s boutiques! Fashion shows, live bands and DJs will be on stage while patrons meander through the streets filled with vendors, displaying and selling all things fashionable. From recognized labels showcasing their 2012 fall line to upcoming “hidden gems” of the boutique world, all levels of designers will be represented. We want to celebrate the amazing fashion and community of our great city in a way that only Chicago knows how. The city has been waiting for this one-of-a-kind event!

WHAT:   A High End Street Festival.  Boutique Shopping, Runway Fashion Shows, and Live Entertainment in an Outdoor Festival Setting
WHEN: August 25th and 26th, Noon to 10pm Both Days
WHERE: Chicago's West Loop, Washington and Green Street *Just One Block West of Halsted
WHERE YOU CAN FIND US: Various Social Media Outlets (below)

Retail / Fashion Boutiques Committed:

AKIRA * Borris Powell * Calvin Tran * Vagrant Nobility/STOCK * Trillium * Lisa Spagnolo * Kelly Brinn * Rosina~Mae * Domestic Workwear * Langford Market * Re.Stock Shop * Caroline Borucki * Shades of Grey * Mineralogy * Cities In Dust * Laura Lombardi * Stix and Roses * Electica * Premier Designs * Cayetano Legacy * LadyFaye Jewelry * Shelby Steiner * Sadie Monroe and Claire Henry 'co. lab’

Designers Doing Shows / Produced by Benjamin Cottrell Designs:
AKIRA * Borris Powell * Calvin Tran * Shelby Steiner * Kelly Brinn * Rosina Mae * Langford Market
* Trillium * Stix and Roses * Caroline Borucki

Festival Entertainment – Daily Band & DJ Lineup:

Noon – 2pm: Matt Kysia LIVE
2pm – 3pm: Live Fashion Show Featuring Trillium and Stix & Roses
3:30 – 5pm: Gemini Club
5:30 – 7pm: Makeshift Prodigy with The Rogue
7pm – 8pm: Live Fashion Show Featuring Calvin Tran
8pm – 9pm: Na Palm with DJ Pullano
9pm – 10pm: Headline Fashion Show Featuring Borris Powell
*Official Fashion Fest After Parties To Follow: TBD

Noon – 2pm: DJ Rock City
2pm – 3pm: Live Fashion Show Featuring Langford Market
3:30 – 5pm: Seth Bradley & The Personnel
5:30 – 7pm: Hey Champ
7pm – 8pm: Live Fashion Show Featuring Kelly Brinn
8pm – 9pm: DJ Dante The Don
9pm – 10pm: Headline Fashion Show Featuring AKIRA with DJ Kalendr and Inphinity
*Official Fashion Fest After Parties: TBD

Special Recognition for the Official Sponsors:
Factor Models * David Barton Gym * Chicago Beer Company * Stoli * Hendrick’s Gin * Milagro Tequila * Vox Populi Magazine * Nellcote * Wingman Promos * West Loop Community Org. (beneficiary) * Hope For The Day (beneficiary) 

Find more info on the web:
Facebook Event Page 
You Tube

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Tops

Top 5 Trends in the Fashion Industry~

Fashion is growing and changing as a business.  This exciting industry not only has new items to wear every season, but also new business trends emerging all the time.  

Here are some of the big ones we've noticed:

1. Local design focus
As Fashion Weeks are sprouting up all over the country, cities are also giving attention to designers in their own backyards.  This market is extremely important--not only for the designers to unite and get to know each other, but for consumers to know what's in their area.  Supporting local talent is essential.  We will be launching B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Shops Local, highlighting Chicago area fashion designers, but be sure to check out our other local highlights across the country and ones in your own area.  Share them with us here!

2. Pop-up shops
These are such a cool idea.  Of course nothing compares to the brick and mortar store or mall, but pop-up shops keep consumers excited and give designers the chance to share new products.  Pop-ups are also good ideas for jewelers and beauty brands.  There's nothing like taking your show on the road to create buzz.

3.  Counterfeiting
Unfortunately this trend is doing pretty well, too.  Counterfeiting is nothing new, but with the ease of technology, the market has grown exponentially.  Fake makers can now solicit online, watch legit fashion shows, and have their fakes on the market in no time.  Making billions, this industry has made its place in fashion these days.

4.  Anti-counterfeiting
Because of counterfeiting, there's a greater need for pushing anti-counterfeiting.  Fashion law has emerged, and the need for attorneys in the fashion industry is more than critical.  Brands must be vigilant not only online, but also in stores.  Protecting trademarks and trade dress have become standard parts of the fashion business.  The battle has landed many designers in court, and while counterfeiting isn't slowing down, the mission to curb it's edge is on the move.

5.  Branding beyond borders
Fashion is so global.  Of course technology and online marketing make this very easy, but the draw of international Fashion Weeks, along with collections growing into lifestyle brands is strengthening fashion in the global market.  Contests, model calls, and a plethora of marketing campaigns has made fashion just as global as commodity trading.  The textiles industry is booming, and the amount of international students at fashion institutions is up as well.

We are confident the fashion industry will continue to emerge in business.  There is literally room for everyone.  It's the way creativity should be. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Law

Branding, Re-branding, and the Legal Implications--

Names are everything in protecting a brand in the market.  This summer, we saw Creative Director Hedi Slimane change the name of Yves Saint Laurent-prized fashion line of its namesake who passed in 2008.  Starting with the Spring-Summer 2013 line, the collection will be referred to as Saint Laurent Paris.  Surely this name change is not one to be compared with Puff Daddy to Diddy (and all the names in between), or Snoop Dogg, to Snoop Lion (no comment), because in music, you will pretty much always be who you were when you debuted.

In fashion and design, this can be much different.  Because of intellectual property issues, like copyright, trademark, and trade dress, design is heavily dependent on branding and naming.  This name change could open up for increased counterfeiting and knockoffs-- and infringers may see this as an opportunity to confuse consumers and cash in.  On the up side, rebranding can also be a way of reinventing and keeping shoppers excited.  
Which do you prefer?  Tradition, or new and trendy?

Maybe pieces bearing the old name and logo will be on sale.  Look alive for potential YSL deals. *Bear in mind, sale prices will be vastly different from the price of a fake!*

Naming is also critical in other areas of commerce, like sports marketing.   We all know Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant as "Durantula", but in the last few months, the name has been in contention because of 1980s guitarist Durantula raising trademark infringement concerns.  Unlike the counterfeiting concerns YSL may find in their name shuffle, this sort of naming concerns the music artist because of confusion.  Mark Durante filed for damages in federal court over the naming rights.  The court will likely find no confusion between an all-star athlete in the sports entertainment field, and a guitarist, who is not quite on the scene as much as he used to be.  We'll watch this one and see what happens.  

You can see how important naming and naming rights are in all types of business, and there's even more twists when the bearer of the name is no longer around.  

Stay tuned for "After the Name is Gone" next week!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Tops

Top 5 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Social Media, Personally--

Many times, the focus of making the most of social media is geared toward businesses and brands.  Social media is largely based on personal use with everything from email, to Facebook and Twitter pages.  Without personal use, professional use would struggle.  Apps and plug-ins are heavily dependent on personal social media use.  So, aside from engaging with your favorite brands, you should make the most use for your own experience.

Here's some quick hits:

1.  Enjoy!
This one is simple and obvious, but can sometimes escape those of us depending on social media for business reasons.  Whether you blog or are maintaining an online shop, you have to keep in mind the joys of social media.  You can engage with friends, meet new people (carefully!), share news and photos, and a whole host of other things.  Be sure you are taking on things like Pinterest, Fantasy Sports, Polyvore, and more, where the mind can rest and relaxation can step in.

2.  Engage
Paired with simply enjoying social media, interacting with others enhances the experience.  You don't have to feel forced to meet new people, but surely we all know others on some network who we can connect with, follow, or the like.  See what networks your friends are on, and join them!  

3.  Make it positive
Unfortunately, cyberbullying and social harassment have been made a bit easier as social media has grown.  However, by keeping your experience positive and not partaking in ruining the experience for others, you can make the best of this great innovation.  Also, be careful what you post and what you comment on.  We often think we can remove mistakes or unwanted information, but not every site has privacy settings to be trusted.  Check and check again when it comes to sharing too much online.  

4.  Learn
Social medial offers a plethora of spaces to give and get information.  You can have an interest in anything and find others who share the same inquisition.  A couple quick Google searches can lead you to groups, blogs, and other portals for discussing your favorite things.  Take the time to look for what you like.  You might even encounter some new interests along the way.

5.  Balance
While enjoying social media is fun, you have to be sure to balance your time and efforts.  We should all have other things going on, and although many sites can be total productivity killers, knowing when to log off and tend to other things is important.  This also makes your experience more worthwhile--you know, once you've missed it a little.

Surely most of you are well-connected on social media, but we hope these quick tips were of some help. 

Monday, August 13, 2012

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Events

Words Scar:  A Photography Exhibition--

Pictures are worth a thousand words, and as cliche as the saying is, it is absolutely true.  We are excited to help promote this event, spotlighting the power of words. 

Bullying has been an unfortunate part of childhood, but it is not new.  This event will shed light on the epidemic, and hopefully guide us in carefully turning things around.

Don't miss this one. 


The TRUTH is Words have power. More POWER than you think. Whether we use words to describe a feeling, a person, place or thing, words bring forth life. The words we use towards our children are hurtful. Words have a way of lingering no matter how innocently people intend them to be. In many ways they leave our children feeling hopeless.  I intend to reveal the POWER of WORDS and the SCARS they leave on our younger generation. After asking a group of children to write a list of words they have been called, I was moved to reveal the power of these words and the remnants they left behind. The words were written on their bodies and within seconds one by one they all transitioned into desolate vessels. The words seem to strip them of the smiles they had minutes before, a true testament to the POWER of WORDS.Chicago, our children are living up to the words we call them. If we change the words we use will we get better results? – Nikki B ( @GreyMatterPhoto)

Be there!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Appreciates

Thank You to Our Wonderful Readers!

We just want to take a moment to thank all our readers, supporters, email subscribers, Twitter, Google, Pinterest, and Facebook followers. You all make this blog go and grow.  We hope we can continue to please your eyes and minds with our content.

Please always feel free to let us know what you'd like to see and if you'd like to contribute a post.

V., J.D. - adeptadmin@thebaffledblog.com
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We wouldn't be here without you.

Don't forget about our feature pages across the top of the site for extras and some of our favorite topics:
*Fashion Law
*B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Loves Chicago
*Small Business 
*B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Spotlights
*Tuesday Tops 
*Intellectual Property 

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Tops

Top 5 Ways to Leave Your Legacy--

August is What Will Be Your Legacy Month, and it is the perfect time to start thinking about what your're doing, how to keep doing it, and how to make changes.  "Legacy" is defined as, a gift by will especially of money or other personal property; something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or form the past.

What Will Be Your Legacy Month is characterized as a time for people to reflect on their past and present actions and vow to make positive changes that will affect generations. We have to remember the seeds, whether positive or negative, we plant in our lives. This observance is about making the right choices so our children and their children will make the right choices. Everything we do will grow and reflect our teachings. 

Here's some tips on leaving your best legacy:

1.  Be who you are and embrace it.
We all have our own story in life, and are where we are for a reason. Write your story, and blaze a trail.  Inspiration is great, but being your own person is one of the best things you can do for yourself.    

2.  Have a strong support system.
Support is critical.  Being independent is great, but having support for your independence is always helpful.  When thinking of what you want to achieve, think of how you'd want to celebrate it.  If you invited people who helped and supported you along the way, surely you'd want the room to be quite full.  In having a great support system, you can also translate it into being support for someone else, too.

3.  Share your positives.
We all have positive qualities.  Finding them may sometimes take more effort or time than we'd like, but know for certain, they're there.  When you realize these strengths, hone them and share them with others.  This is a great way to make yourself marketable in the workplace and a go-to in your personal circles. 

4.  Strengthen your weaknesses.
We all have weakness, too.  They don't have to be detriments, though.  Use your weaknesses to improve who you are, but to also pick up skills and lessons along the way.  Reaching the goal is just as important as the journey there.

5.  Stay aware.
Being self-conscious and self aware are totally different.  Self awareness is a positive trait, which continuously makes you better.  This also includes being responsible for your actions--no matter what they may be.  Knowing how you are as a person, what you are good at, and need to improve on is essential to self awareness and will continue letting you be the person leaving a strong legacy.

Think back a couple years and ask if you would admire the person you are now.  Also ask, will you admire the person you're growing to be for the future.

We have some great quotes to help get your mind going --- 

"That old law about 'an eye for an eye' leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing." - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Wanting something is not enough. You must hunger for it. Your motivation must be absolutely compelling in order to overcome the obstacles that will invariably come your way." - Les Brown

"I want to put a ding in the universe." - Steve Jobs

"Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future." - President John F. Kennedy

The success combination in business is: Do what you do better... and; do more of what you do...” - David Joseph Schwartz

Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” - Henry Ford

"Goals help you channel your energy into action." - Les Brown 

What will be your legacy?

Thursday, August 2, 2012

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Pink

Purposed for Pink!

Real Talk With Felicia is set to gear up for their annual Pink Party!

Purposed For Pink raises money for breast cancer research in conjunction with the Susan G. Komen efforts for combating this crippling condition.  

  • Each year it is estimated that nearly 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die.

  • Approximately 1,700 men will also be diagnosed with breast cancer and 450 will die each year.

With organizations like this, we get steps closer to a cure.

Click here to view the team page for Purposed for Pink Team

Join in the fight.

For more info contact Purposed for Pink.

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