COUNTERFEITING SUMMIT: A group of experts in Los Angeles will discuss counterfeiting at a seminar May 1 entitled “Hot Off the Runway! Emerging Intellectual Property Issues in the Fashion Industry.” The event will be at the Luxe Hotel Sunset Boulevard in Bel-Air, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Among those expected to participate are “Project Runway” finalist Rami Kashou, California Fashion Association president Ilse Metchek and lawyers Anne-Marie Pecoraro, Robert Helfing and David Erickson, whose firms have represented the likes of Delia’s, Target Corp., Frédéric Malle, Libertine, Magda Berliner and Thierry Mugler. Topics of particular interest include brands’ rights, online sales of counterfeit products and the tension between protecting creativity and allowing copies.

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