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Patent Your Patent Leather: Patent Protection For The Fashion Industry

In an age of "knock-offs," patent protection is an avenue that can be used by the fashion and apparel industry to protect products.  Every week, the United States Patent and Trademark Office grants dozens of patents on a diverse range of apparel and fashion accessories (for example, shoes, hats, handbags and clothing among other items).  … Continue Reading

Faking It: What Designers Should Know About Piracy, Purse Parties, and Parking Lots

Piracy is not just a problem on the high seas or the internet: fashion designers have fallen victim, too.  Current copyright laws protect only the artwork of a design, such as labels, logos, prints and embroidery.  Leave off the label or change the logo slightly, and manufacturers and copy-cat designers have free reign to duplicate … Continue Reading

UPC System Helps Fragrance Manufacturer Sniff Out Counterfeit Goods

A recent case involving fragrance manufacturer Davidoff and retailer CVS addressed the importance of quality control procedures related to fragrance product packaging.  In Davidoff v. CVS Corporation, Davidoff, the trademark holder for his line of "Cool Water" fragrances, alleges that CVS violated the Lanham Act by selling counterfeit Cool Water products and by selling decoded … Continue Reading

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