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EntreprAdmire May 2016 Edition

EntreprAdmire May 2016

“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” With that quote, Socrates provides a great tip for entrepreneurs. Goal-setting and continuous learning are two habits that are imperative to entrepreneurship.  The act of writing down goals has been said to be quite effective in actually accomplishing goals, and the act of learning or improving upon a skill often finds itself on an entrepreneur’s list of goals.  So let’s dive into the brands I #EntreprAdmire this month in the hopes that they may inspire you to set your own goals and learn a new skill or two.

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Put a © On It: Benefits to Registering A Copyright

Benefits to Registering A Copyright

Sometimes referred to as a “bundle of rights,” copyright law gives protection to authors of creative works (think: paintings, music, photographs, graphic design, even website code). Why bother registering a creative work? What are the benefits?

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Put A © On It: Copyright Registration for Jewelry

Copyright Registration for Jewelry

Obtaining a copyright registration for jewelry is a little less challenging than obtaining a copyright registration for clothing. Copyright protection in the context of apparel hits a snag because of the functional or “utilitarian” aspect at play. (Remember?) So what makes jewelry different? And is there a cost-effective way to achieve copyright registration for jewelry collections?

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Handshake Deals Are Not Your Friend

Handshake Deals Are Not Your Friend

The following will make any copyright lawyer cringe: “Oh, we didn’t put anything in writing, it was done on a handshake. I paid for it, so now I own it. Right?”

No. Not right. Hence, “handshake deal” should not be a part of your vocabulary or your business practice. Continue reading “Handshake Deals Are Not Your Friend”

Fashion and IP, Part Four: Design Patent

fashion and IP design patent

The final part of a four-part blog series on the intersection of fashion and intellectual property law, this post touches upon design patents and their role in the fashion industry. (Playing catch-up? Click for the previous posts on fashion and IP, namely, copyright, trade dress, and trademark/counterfeiting.)

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Fashion and IP, Part Two: Trade Dress

fashion and IP trade dress

The first post in this four-part blog series on fashion and intellectual property (inspired by the end of New York Fashion Week last week) touched on the protection of fashion designs under U.S. copyright law. This post focuses on the role of trade dress in the fashion world.

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Fashion and IP, Part One: Copyright

fashion and ip copyright

As New York Fashion Week comes to a close, it seems appropriate to discuss how intellectual-property intersects with the fashion industry.  Fashion is one of the trickier areas when it comes to intellectual property protection, especially copyright. If you launch a fashion brand, IP knowledge is definitely something you might want up your sleeve (pun 100% intended).

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