Thursday, January 26, 2017

B.A.F.F.L.E.D.: Counterfeiter Costing Us Our Childhood#links

B.A.F.F.L.E.D.: Counterfeiter Costing Us Our Childhood#links

Counterfeiter Costing Us Our Childhood

Hello Lover of Fashion,

It is always a pleasure to be in the company of those who hunger for fashion intel. My hope over the next few months is to bring you newsworthy fashion updates; either legal, unusual, or trendy. Warning, sometimes I might give you homework.

Alright let’s dive right in, like 80 pages of reading on the first day of school! If you are like me, you grew up pleading with your parents, in the middle of a department or designer store as to why you really needed that French Connection piece for school pictures, graduation, or your birthday. Then, once you delivered the world’s most convincing winning argument, you could hardly wait until the day of your event to show off. I am sad to inform you if you did not know-- French Connection pulled all of their stores from the U.S. market a few years back. As I got older, I developed a deep appreciation for quality and purchasing materials, especially since I am no longer on my mother's dime. So, although I am not always able to afford the latest Members Only Varsity Jacket with Faux leather sleeves, I do not want my favorite collection to be impossible to find.
A few weeks ago my curiosity caused me to do some legal research. Have you noticed retailers' and designers across the board are closing, leaving U.S. market or going bankrupt? ...Why? Counterfeiters.
Counterfeiting is at an all time high. According to a recent article published by CNBC, Amazon is a major source of third party counterfeit infringement. Sadly, most times, buyers are not even aware they are buying a counterfeit. By the way, counterfeiting in the fashion industry is a federal crime, governed by intellectual property law. I will be the first to admit, the current IP laws seem prehistoric as applied to most relevant issues raised in court by designers these days. Much like laws that govern cyberspace, the laws are unable to keep up. Hyde Beast, reported “fake fashion” costs the industry $28 billion annually. Also 10% of all fashion-related products sold are fakes, causing the original designer to miss out on profits.
Your homework Loves, is to stay loyal to the real brand. Refuse to buy those nasty cheap knock off that are costing your favorite brands and designers to go bankrupt. Before more brands disappear, like  Bebe and The Limited...if we can't buy work and party clothes at brick and mortar stores, we will have to suffer the awful wrath of conforming-- or even worse, jogging pants.

Until next time....

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Celebrates

New Edition!

It is no secret we are big fans of Michael Jackson around here.  It's also no secret he was in inspiration for may entertainers and groups following him.  New Edition is one of those group.  This Boston-born boy band was coined the "New Edition" of the Jackson 5 and they've never disappointed.

Just yesterday, NE was granted a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  This accolade is long overdue.  Tonight, their long-awaited biopic will begin airing on BET in a 3-part series.  Are you as excited as we are?!  Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky, Mike, Ralph, and Johnny were 100% hands on in the production of this film, so we know it's going to be amazing. 

What are your favorite NE hits??

Enjoy these pics and favorite New Edition jams as you get ready to watch the movie tonight!

Candy Girl

Cool It Now

Mr. Telephone Man

Hit Me Off

Monday, January 23, 2017

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Introduces

Gwyne Thomas, our Extern!

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Readers, we are so excited to announce the addition of our law student Extern, Ms. Gwyne Thomas.  Over the next few months, you'll hear a lot from Gwyne, as she'll share her fashion law research results, tips on IP issues in fashion, and insight on all the wonderful things we talk about here.  

Here is a little more about Gwyne,  Look forward to hearing from her soon!

Gwyne Thomas is a Chicago native and a graduate of Eastern Illinois University, where she received a bachelor’s of arts in sociology. During her studies at Eastern she also studied abroad at the Florence University of the Arts, with a concentration in the culture of Italian cuisine, education, and fashion. 

Currently, a 3L at Western Michigan University Cooley law- Grand Rapids, Gwyne has held an office as the vice president of her local chapter of the Black Law Student Association. She is the former Midwest Black Law Student Association Regional Secretary for 2015 and She currently serves as the 2016 Regional Community Service Director. Her interests are women's empowerment, community outreach, and the evolution of intellectual property rights for fashion designers. 

Gwyne will be pursuing a career as a fashion law attorney upon graduation in May 2017. Her specific interests are in the areas of trademark policy, transactional work and copyright. Her passion is to ensure intellectual property rights for designers, and maybe one day work on legislation on their behalf. See, she fits right in here!  

Gwyne lives by the mantra: “If you can see up it, over it, or through it, you should not have it on.”

Welcome Gwyne!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

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

Beverly Hills Fashion Law Symposium 1/12!

Fashion Forward: Wearable Technology, Design Patents, Privacy, and the latest Fashion Law Cases--

It's time again for some fab fashion law symposiums!  Well, it's actually always time, but the next one is fast approaching.  The fashionable folks at the Beverly Hills Bar Association are hosting a wonderful panel discussion this coming Thursday!  Some fashion law faves will be presenting, so we know it's sure to be a good time.  

Check out the details below and register NOW!!

IP, Internet & New Media Sections
Fashion Forward: Wearable Tech, Design Patents, Privacy, and the latest Fashion Law Cases! 
Learn the latest in fashion law innovations: Wearable technology and where it is headed, how to use design patents as protection, privacy issues in the fashion industry (who is monitoring you!), what you need to know about FTC issues regarding sponsored products in fashion blogs, plus the Varsity case which is on deck to be heard by the Supreme Court in 2017!


Victoria Burke, Esq. Director of Business Development, Raw Science TV

Craig Gelfound, Esq. Partner, Head of Arent Fox's Intellectual Property Group (LA office) and Adjunct Professor at Southwestern Law School

Danielle Garno, Esq. Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig LLP-  Fashion Law Practice

Hillary Kane, Esq. Professor of Fashion Law at Southwestern Law School, of Counsel at altView Law Group, and Founder of Raising Kane Consulting
When: Thursday, January 12, 2017, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm (Program at 12:30pm) 
Where: Lawry's the Prime Rib (DirectionsFree Underground Parking)
$0 - Members of The Order of Distinguished Attorneys 
 - BHBA Members who pay in advance*
$245 - Non-BHBA Members who pay in advance*   
Interested in Membership? Try it Free, No Commitment, for 30 days 
Azita Mirzaian, Esq. & Michael Lovitz, Esq - Section Co-Chairs 
Martin Keleti, Esq. - Vice Chair   |   Victoria Burke, Esq. - Program Chair
* Advanced registration closes 24 hours prior to event time. Registrations received thereafter include a $25 additional fee. Full refund with 48 hours notice. Raincheck with 24 hours notice. 

This activity has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of 1.5 Hours of Participatory Creditand the Beverly Hills Bar Association certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education.
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