On February 1, Kirkland & Ellis partnered with Harper’s Bazaar to host the Second Annual Harper’s Bazaar Anticounterfeiting Summit 2006 in New York. Counterfeit trafficking is a multi-billion dollar business shown to fund terrorist groups, drug cartels and child labor. This summit was created to address the steps being taken by U.S. and global law enforcement agencies to combat counterfeiting and build consumer awareness and counterfeiting’s implications.
The summit began with a seminar on strategically stopping fakes. Kirkland attorneys John Desmarais, Joseph Gioconda and Jeanne Heffernan presented "Keep It Real: Protect Your Brand’s Identity." This was followed by a luncheon featuring special keynote speaker, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, and a panel discussion. Participants included John Desmarais, Intellectual Property partner at Kirkland & Ellis, Chris Israel, Coordinator of Internal Intellectual Property for the U.S. Department of Commerce, Elizabeth Ponsole Des Portes, Déléguée Généale/Chief Executive Officer of Comité Colbert, Bertrand Stalla-Bourdillion, General Manager of Louis Vuitton and President of Berluti, and Timothy Trainer, President of the Global Intellectual Property Strategy Center. Frederick Mostert, Past President of the International Trademark Association, acted as moderator.
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