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 anti-money laundering compliance, 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, JA New York, RJO, the United States Import-Export Council, the Manhattan GIA Alumni Association, SmartShow Chicago, the Fashion Institute of Technology, and at Fordham Law School.