Design Piracy to Be Topic of June Conference

Design Piracy: Protecting Your Product is the focus of a special one-day executive-level conference slated to be held June 14 at the Harvard Club in New York City.

The conference is a legal and business primer for retail and manufacturing executives who need solutions for fighting design knockoffs, copyright, patent, or any other intellectual-property infringement.

The conference is being presented by American Lawyer Media in conjunction with Reed Business Information, the parent company of JCK magazine. Other RBI magazines participating are Home Textiles Today, Gifts & Decorative Accessories, Playthings, and TWICE (This Week in Consumer Electronics).

JCK editor-in-chief Hedda Schupak will chair a panel discussion about implications of and successfully stopping knockoffs. Panelists include Kathrine Baumann, chief executive officer of Kathrine Baumann, Beverly Hills, Calif., a designer who has successfully won several lawsuits against counterfeiters, and Brian Monks, director of anticounterfeiting operations for Underwriters Laboratories of Melville, N.Y.

Other topics on the agenda include: What executives need to know about anticounterfeiting laws, practical aspects of protecting intellectual property, proactively protecting designs and brands, how to win a trade-dress infringement case, business dynamics of fighting counterfeiting from overseas manufacturers, protecting your company’s product on the Internet, and more.

The keynote address will be The Reluctant Detective: One Company’s Battle to Protect Their Product, presented by Carolyn Hoberman, executive vice president of Hoberman Designs Inc., New York.

The registration fee for the full-day event, which includes lunch and a cocktail reception at the close of the event, is $695 per person or $595 per person for three or more attendees from a single firm. Legal practitioners will receive Continuing Legal Education credit for attending.

For information or to register, call (800) 888-8300 ext. 9191 or (212) 313-9191,, e-mail:, or mail to ALM Events, 345 Park Ave. South, New York, NY 10010.