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Forum Addresses "Fashioning the Law of Design: Wearable Intellectual Property"

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October 29, 2010

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Even before designers’ creations adorn the world’s most beautiful stars at red carpet events, their works are being “knocked off” by discount retailers all over the world. Legislation pending before Congress would give designers intellectual property rights over their designs for the first time in U. S. history.

Will this help or hinder the fashion industry? Will designers finally be able to prevent unauthorized reproductions? Or will their creativity be hobbled if they can’t borrow inspiration from each other?

Join the Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis, the IU Kelley School of Business and the Herron School of Art and Design on Nov. 9, 2010, for a lively discussion of this law frontier during the annual Jordan H. and Joan R. Leibman Forum on the Legal & Business Environment of Art.

Kenan Farrell, founder of KLF Legal, and Beth Bennett, founder of Beth Bennett Couture, will describe fashion’s special status in intellectual property law and take questions from the audience as they present “Fashioning the Law of Design: Wearable Intellectual Property.”

The Leibman Forum will take at place at 5:30 p.m., Nov. 9 in the Wynne Courtroom of the IU School of Law-Indianapolis, 530 W. New York St. A reception in the Conour Atrium will follow the forum. Parking is available for a nominal fee at the Natatorium Garage two blocks west of the law school..

Farrell is an IU School of Law-Indianapolis alumnus who started his intellectual property and entertainment law firm in the arts and theater district on Massachusetts Avenue. He represents clients in music, film, theater, television, book publishing and the visual arts throughout the U. S. and abroad.

Beth Bennett holds a master’s of fine art degree for New York University. Trained as a costume designer for stage and screen, she is the founder and owner of Beth Bennett Couture, the umbrella company for B Trousseau Couture, a line of custom bridal and luxury gowns, and Picnic, a line of daywear separates and dresses that include one-of-a-kind pieces.

A reception in the Conour Atrium of the IU School of Law-Indianapolis will follow the forum. Parking is available for a nominal fee at the Natatorium Garage two blocks west of the law school.

Continuing Legal Education Credit (1.3 Hours) will be available for forum attendance.

IUPUI established the annual Jordan H. and Joan R. Leibman Forum in 2004 as an in interdisciplinary examination of the legal and business aspects of the arts among the IU Kelley School of Business, the IU School of Law-Indianapolis and Herron School of Art and Design, all part of the IUPUI campus.