If you work in the fashion industry in Nashville, you likely know that Nashville has the highest per capita concentration of independent fashion companies outside of New York and Los Angeles. That is pretty incredible. A recent Economic Impact Study tells us that the fashion industry in the southeast, and, more specifically, Nashville, is in a prime position to skyrocket. (This is thanks, in large part, to resources like the Nashville Fashion Alliance). 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 licensing or IP portfolio management? Schedule consultation with Spear IP, here.