Intellectual Property & Fashion
Intellectual Property Rights and the Fashion Industry
With the biggest garment district in the U.S. located in Los Angeles, the state and federal District Courts in the L.A. area have a sophisticated understanding of copyright and patent law related to the fashion industry. A great deal of intellectual property litigation in fashion design and technology is handled in these courts.
Hankin Patent Law intellectual property lawyers provide legal advice to protect your intellectual property rights with patent and trademark services, and to defend your company’s competitive advantage against infringement with intellectual property litigation in U.S. courts. We represent both U.S. and foreign national companies as clients.
Proactively Protecting Your Work
Our clients are creative people and companies designing clothing, patterns, fabrics, shoes, handbags, jewelry, and eyewear. They want to protect their unique sense of style (logos, designs and patterns), as well as the unique functionality of their work (closures, clasps, zippers, etc.).
We provide companies in the fashion industry with “freedom to use” opinions and clearance searches to ensure they are protected against unfair charges of infringement. We also develop licensing agreements to enable client companies to share their unique creations with partner companies and manufacturers.
Protecting Profits and Reputations from Infringement
Patent attorney Marc E. Hankin represents companies in U.S. courts who have been accused of infringement, as well as innocent retailers who bought goods manufactured by a company that was later accused of infringement. Among the patent and trademark cases we have litigated on behalf of fashion industry clients:
- A Korean zipper manufacturing company sued by a New York company who held patent to a particular type of closure.
- An optical company producing fashion eyewear and sunglasses.
- A Fujian water company sued in the global designer water market.
Protecting Your Intellectual Property Locally and Globally
Fashion is a global industry, therefore we maintain a cooperative network of IP attorneys who help us ensure our clients’ intellectual property interests are protected in every country in which they need protection — in the U.S. and countries engaged in fashion manufacturing, such as China, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, and Japan.
Put Hankin Patent Law’s experience and insights to work for you. Contact us to schedule a complimentary initial consultation.