Fashion Design Law
PALM SPRINGS FASHION DESIGN LAWYER SEBASTIAN GIBSON
When You Need Legal Assistance With Your Creations, Palm Springs Fashion Design Attorney Sebastian Gibson
With offices throughout Southern California in Orange County and the Palm Springs and Palm Desert area of the Coachella Valley, a Palm Springs fashion design lawyer can assist you in protecting your clothing and apparel designs in the fashion industry.
Sebastian Gibson has been recognized by Palm Springs Life Magazine as One of the Top Lawyers of 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011. He’s been called “Brilliant” and “A Legend.” If you want a top Palm Springs fashion design lawyer and a top business and trademark attorney on your side, call Palm Springs fashion design lawyer Sebastian Gibson. Call us today at (760) 776-1810.
The Palm Springs Fashion Design Attorney For Your Apparel Business
At the law firm of Palm Springs fashion design lawyer Sebastian Gibson, our attorneys have been representing fashion designers for decades. Sebastian Gibson has been recognized by Palm Springs Life Magazine as One of the Top Lawyers for the past six years and by Avvo as a Superb Lawyer, their highest rating, and for good reason.
The author of thousands of articles on the internet, Sebastian Gibson has also written for the Los Angeles Daily Journal newspaper and the San Francisco Daily Journal and is the author of book published in 2012.
Unless or until the Design Protection Act is passed by congress, copyright law affords some, though limited protection. It protects original prints and patterns, unique color and element combinations and novel combinations on apparel and accessories but, in most cases, not the fashion designs themselves.
One exception under the US Copyright Act is that a fashion design may be protected to the extent that the design incorporates pictorial, graphic, or sculptural features which can be identified separately from the functional aspects of the article of clothing.
A design patent provides 14 years of exclusive industrial design rights for new and nonobvious ornamental designs of functional items but by the time the USPTO examines the application, the item may no longer be fashionable and patents are expensive to pursue.
Trademark law protects brand names, logos and symbols identifying the trademark. However, trade dress law protects the design or appearance of fashion apparel and accessories if they identify the source and origin of such products. If for instance, your peek-a-bo dress were a design so distinctive as to be recognizable as your style of clothing, your dress might be protectable.
The best thing a fashion designer or apparel manufacturer should do to protect their creations is to have our copyright attorneys register copyrights for their original and most unique prints, patterns, unusual color arrangements and novel combinations of elements. We can also apply for copyrights for aspects which are separate from the functional aspects of your clothing.
Palm Springs fashion design lawyer Sebastian Gibson can apply for design patents for new and ornamental fashion designs if you feel the useful life of your design may last more than a few years.
Additionally, our trademark attorneys can apply for trademark protection for your brand names and logos on your designs, packaging, apparel and accessories and for trade dress protection where they are so identifiable as to cause the public to recognize you as the designer of such products.
Call Palm Springs Fashion Design Lawyer For Trademarks and All Your Legal Needs
When you’re looking for the best lawyer for your legal matter, consider Palm Springs fashion design lawyer Sebastian Gibson. With offices in Palm Desert and Newport Beach, our lawyers can assist you with protecting your fashion design business and trademarks in the Coachella Valley, Orange County, throughout California and internationally.