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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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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 Three: Trademark & Counterfeiting

fashion and ip trademark and counterfeiting

Trademark is likely the first area of IP that fashion brands think about. It’s the name or symbol that will appear behind a runway, on a website, or on a hangtag. This post discusses trademark law protection for fashion brands, and the relationship between trademark and 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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