How to Protect Your Fashion Line with Copyright Law

In our previous two posts, “Copyright Law and the Fashion Industry” and “How to Protect Yourself from Violating Copyright Law,” we covered some basic information for fashion designers on what copyright law involves and how to minimize your risks of violating the rights of a copyright owner. In this post we’re going to help you understand how to use copyright law to protect your work.

Ways to Protect Your Original Work with Copyright

It is important for you to take measures to protect your original fabric prints.  To best protect your work:

  • Claim your work
  • Consult with an intellectual property attorney to determine how you can protect your work
  • File copyright registrations
  • Consider trademarks or design patents
  • Tell people the work is yours
  • Publish your registrations online
  • Mark your work
  • Incorporate a trademark, signature, or initials into the actual graphic print

By taking the time to properly protect your work you can put others on notice that your work is protected and deter others from copying your work.  Additionally, by taking time to properly protect your work you can expand your legal remedies if someone copies your original design.

Are you interested in learning more about copyright?

On April 25th, the Seattle Fashion Incubator and Lee & Hayes will be hosting a workshop to discuss copyright, fabric patterns, and incorporating another designer’s fabrics into your own designs.  Sign up here so we know you’re in!

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Elizabeth "Libby" Zinke is a Patent Attorney with Lee & Hayes PLLCFashion law is an ever emerging area of law that deals with the business problems of the fashion industry.  The area of fashion law encompasses a breadth of legal disciplines including intellectual property, business, employment, regulatory, immigration, and zoning.  Libby Zinke is an attorney at Lee & Hayes, PLLC.  Her practice focuses primarily on intellectual property procurement and enforcement.  Lee & Hayes is a full service law firm with nationally recognized corporate and litigation attorneys who are well versed in addressing other legal issues faced by fashion designers.

This blog post is intended for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended to provide specific legal advice. By reading this blog post, you understand that there is no attorney client relationship between you and the blog author. This information should not be used as a substitute for competent legal advice from a licensed professional attorney in your state.

Author: Libby Zinke

Libby Zinke is an attorney at Lee & Hayes, PLLC. Her practice focuses primarily on intellectual property procurement and enforcement. Lee & Hayes is a full service law firm with nationally recognized corporate and litigation attorneys who are well versed in addressing other legal issues faced by fashion designers.

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