Fordham Law School to host 1st Annual Fashion Law Institute Symposium

© 2011 Erica Scavone

[Guest Contributor and 2012 J.D. Candidate, Widener University School of Law]

Fordham University School of Law recently announced it will host its First Annual Fashion Law Institute Symposium entitled “The Global Grown and Legal Landscapes” on Friday, April 15th. Earlier this year, Fordham Law launched the world’s first ever Fashion Law Center.

The Symposium will focus on contemporary legal issues affecting the fashion industry.

There will be four panel discussions during the Symposium:

  • Shopping for Fashion Houses: Who’s First in Line in the M&A Market?
  • Spinning the Globe: The Future of the “Made In” Label
  • Is Grey the New Black?
  • Parallel Imports and Counterfeits in the Online Market Place.

Some of the renowned presenters include Sabina Lepre Leva from the Italian Trade Commission, Rachel Dooley from Gemma Redux and Louise Firestone from Louis Vuitton.

Surprisingly there is no panel discussion on the Innovative Design Protection and Piracy Prevention Act (IDPPA), sponsored by Chuck Schumer (D-NY). The IDPPA seeks to amend copyright law to extend protection to fashion design and is pending Senate approval. As of Dec 6, 2010 this bill has been placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders (Calendar No. 674). No further action has been taken.

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