The first in the spring lecture series planned by the Law and Society program was held Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. in The Tuttleman Auditorium. The lecture, entitled “Fashion Design and Intellectual Property Law,” was presented by two guest speakers with expertise in the field of intellectual property, trademark and copyright and business litigation: Hara K. Jacobs, a partner at the Philadelphia law firm Ballard, Spahr, Andrews and Ingersoll; and Paul Lantieri, an associate at the same firm. Robert Koulish, Ph.D., chair of the Law and Society program, opened the program and introduced the speakers.
The lecture touched on many aspects of intellectual property matters, including trademark, trade dress, copyright, right of publicity, trade secret, misappropriation, false advertising and patents. Students from Law and Society, Professional Communication and Fashion majors were challenged by questions and examples that ran the gamut from sneakers to purses and perfumes and the legal ramifications of brand and trademark infringement. A Q&A followed the lecture.