• JEWELRY NAMES FOR SALE: Consor Intellectual Asset Management said it has been retained to find a buyer for the intellectual property assets of two now-defunct jewelry chains, Friedman’s Jewelers and Crescent Jewelers. In addition to the nameplates, other assets in the intellectual property portfolio includes Web site names and addresses and the registered trademark “Say It With Diamonds.”

• YMI EXPANDS APPAREL:
Junior denim brand YMI will expand to activewear, tops and dresses for the holiday selling season under a license with HMS LLC. This marks the first licensing deal for Los Angeles-based YMI, which sells its jeans to retailers including J.C. Penney, Belk and Dillard’s. HMS is best known for producing clothing for Ed Hardy and Christian Audigier. YMI estimated that retail prices for its new offerings will range from $17 to $30 for tops, $25 to $60 for dresses and $25 to $75 for activewear such as jogging suits.

• SURF HONORS: The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association honored the late Dick Baker, former president and chief executive officer of Ocean Pacific; surfer Rob Machado, and environmentalist Dave Rastovich at its Waterman’s Ball earlier this month. On the 20th anniversary of the annual gala, held at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Laguna Niguel, Calif., Billabong president Paul Naude, Volcom ceo Richard Woolcott, Hurley founder Bob Hurley and VF Corp.’s Steve Murray joined their peers to recognize Machado as Waterman of the Year and Rastovich, co-founder of advocacy group Surfers for Cetaceans, as environmentalist of the year. Baker, who died in April, posthumously received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

• FAKE JEANS SEIZED: U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials seized $3.9 million of counterfeit jeans and apparel that originated in China at the Los Angeles-Long Beach port. Import specialists seized 1,226 cartons of women’s apparel earlier this month and found 289 cartons full of jeans bearing counterfeit True Religion and Rock & Republic trademarks. “Our enforcement actions continue to pay off. We have an ongoing commitment that is focused toward intercepting shipments containing counterfeit merchandise before they reach the consumer,” said Kevin Weeks, CBP director of field operations in Los Angeles. In fiscal year 2008, CBP and Immigration & Customs Enforcement seized more than $25 million of apparel. Apparel represented 9 percent of the total value of counterfeit goods seized.

• MADDEN DROPS EBAY SUIT: Steven Madden Ltd. has dropped a trademark lawsuit against eBay Inc. The firm brought the complaint against the online auction house in U.S. District Court in Manhattan on July 21, accusing the e-commerce giant of trademark infringement because unauthorized watches made by its former licensee, Vestal, were allegedly for sale on the site. However, court records show the footwear and accessories firm agreed to a voluntary dismissal of the suit on Aug. 5. Steven Madden did not return calls inquiring as to the nature of the dismissal, but an eBay spokeswoman said there was no settlement between the two companies. After Steve Madden first filed the suit, eBay’s deputy general counsel, Mary Huser, said the manufacturer had failed to report the offending items through the Web site’s anticounterfeiting system. Steven Madden in June filed an infringement suit against Vestal, accusing its onetime licensee of continuing to sell Steve Madden-branded goods after their licensing agreement had ended. The watchmaker did not respond to a request for comment.

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