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Panel Discussion: Legal Issues for Jewelry Designers

October 17, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Calling all jewelry designers! Would you know what to do if you see that your designs were copied by others? What about if another designer accuses you of using their work?

Join VLA and the Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC) for a panel discussion on how to use intellectual property law to protect your designs!

Learn about the differences between copyright, trademark and patent law protection, the benefits of copyright or trademark registration, what designs can be registered, and what to do if someone copies your work or accuses you of the same. This program will also discuss how to comply with Federal Trade Commission regulations when advertising online, including social media.

Speakers for this discussion include Assistant General Counsel at JVC Miya Owens, President and CEO of JVC Tiffany Stevens, and Senior Counsel at JVC Sara Yood. For more on these speakers, see below.

VLA Auditorium, 1 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022

$25 Full-Time Student (student must present proof of full-time status with registration)
$25 Artists Over Sixty
$35 Arts Professional VLA Member
$55 Arts Professional Non-Member
$85 Legal Professional VLA Member
$110 Legal Professional Non-Member
$55 Young Associate Members (YAM’s) and Associate Board Members

To register by phone or email, please contact 212.319.2787 x Ext. 10 or registrations@vlany.org.

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As Assistant General Counsel at the Jewelers Vigilance Committee, Miya Owens brings exceptional regulatory knowledge and legal experience to a practice focused on compliance and business counseling, working with a diverse client base that includes well-known luxury goods and jewelry brands.

In addition to earning her JD from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Ms. Owens graduated with honors in Technology and Communication from CUNY Baruch College and worked in Audit and Technology groups of several Fortune 500 companies prior to entering the field of law. Over the course of her career, she has authored several legal publications and received recognition for exceptional service to her clients.

Ms. Owens has dedicated much of her practice to giving back through pro bono service. Even prior to joining JVC, Miya worked with Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts to help artists navigate the complexities of licensing agreements, defamation lawsuits and settlement negotiations. Also, with the Legal Aid Society, Ms. Owens helped obtain a favorable settlement in a federal lawsuit brought by a restaurant worker seeking unpaid wages under state and federal labor laws, and represented clients in the Social Security Administration’s federal benefits appeal process.

Tiffany Stevens is President and CEO of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee. She has an extensive background in commercial transactions and corporate law. She began her career as a Real Estate and Tax attorney at Paul Hastings in Los Angeles. She also served as counsel at Bear Stearns and on both the legal and business sides of Axiom, a legal services start up. Before joining the JVC, she spent several years in legal and leadership roles at a variety of non-profits and foundations with a special focus on international expansion and growth, including UCLA, Open Society Foundation, and the Sohn Conference Foundation. She serves on the Boards of international development organizations the Peace Project, Inc. and World Neighbors. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and NYU Law School.

Sara Yood, Senior Counsel at the Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC), is an attorney admitted in the state of New York with extensive experience in intellectual property law. Yood’s responsibilities at JVC include trademark monitoring, trademark litigation, advertising monitoring, creating legal compliance tools and publications, and general legal support. She has developed an additional expertise in U.S. and international laws concerning the importation and exportation of animal materials used in jewelry, and has authored multiple JVC publications illustrating the laws surrounding the jewelry industry. Yood came to JVC from a fellowship at the Fashion Law Institute at Fordham Law School. During law school at Fordham, Yood served as Symposium Editor on the Editorial Board of the Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal, and as Treasurer of the Media & Entertainment Law Society. She also held several prior positions in the private sector, focused on intellectual property in the music, publishing and technology industries.

Yood is a sought-after speaker in the jewelry industry, presenting on topics such as intellectual property law, advertising law, the laws about the import/export and use of animal products in jewelry, employment law, and the compliant use of diamond grading reports in selling jewelry. She has been a featured speaker at JCK Las Vegas, AGTA Tucson, JANY, RJO, the United States Import-Export Council, the Manhattan GIA Alumni Association, SmartShow Chicago, the Fashion Institute of Technology and at the Fashion Law Institute at Fordham Law School.


October 17, 2019
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm


Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
(212) 319 - 2787
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