Knockoffs: The Global Impact of Fashion Piracy
Event Date Jan 17, 2007
Time 7:00 p.m.

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As fashion models hit the runways, they are no longer just showing off designs aimed at high-end retailers.  They also provide a wealth of ideas for apparel manufacturers that copy runway looks – usually with less-expensive fabrics, in foreign assembly plants – for purchase by the masses.  This leaves many wondering whether fashion design is an art worthy of protection or a craft whose practitioners can and should freely copy one another.  In a thought-provoking evening, a distinguished panel discusses and deconstructs both sides of the argument: Teri Agins, senior special writer at the Wall Street Journal; Chris Sprigman, Associate Professor of Law, UVA; Susan F. Wilson, Director, U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Intellectual Property Rights.  As Director, Ms. Wilson oversees Commerce’s effort to protect US intellectual property at home and abroad and resolves intellectual property-related market access and trade agreement compliance issues worldwide.  Mr. Sprigman has contributed his expertise to numerous news articles on the subject and Ms. Agins has covered fashion for the Journal for over a decade and is author of  The End of Fashion (HarperCollins, 8/00), copies of which she signs following the talk.  Michael Bednarek, partner at Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP, recognized by Legal Media Group and Euromoney Publications as “one of the world’s leading patent law experts” moderates the discussion.

This is event is co-sponsored by The Corcoran Gallery of Art and Warm Spirit.