If you work in the fashion industry — whether in Nashville, Detroit, or beyond — you likely know that the industry is in the middle of a sort of revolution. People now used to asking where their food comes from are beginning to ask #whomademyclothes. Folks are enjoying “local luxury” items while supporting independent designers. Retail is making changes to the old way of doing things in order to keep up with our e-commerce world. Fashion, technology, and sustainability are often talked about in tandem. (Check out podcast Spirit of 608, and you’ll see for yourself.) You don’t have to be in New York or LA to succeed in this business. But it’s not easy to start a business, much less a fashion business. Enter Spear IP.
Want to get your legal ducks in a row? Here are some basic legal items for fashion brands to consider.
|Choose and form the right business entity with your state (to safeguard your personal property).|
|Make sure your brand name is available (and no, Google is not the end-all solution for this one)!|
|Make sure you own what your team has created (have employee, independent contractor, and/or good Work-for-Hire and IP Assignment agreements in place to protect your business and your relationships).|
|Register your brand name and protectable designs (to put your business in a better position in case of infringement).|
More basics, and a little education, are available in this Basic Legal Checklist for Fashion Brands.
Are you a fashion industry brand that has a grip on the basics, but now you need some advanced help from an attorney on things like manufacturing, licensing, or IP portfolio management? Schedule consultation with Spear IP, here.