Fashion & Intellectual Property

 Image from the patent for Bottega Veneta's "Veneta" handbag. (From: trademarkandcopyrightlawblog.com)

Image from the patent for Bottega Veneta's "Veneta" handbag. (From: trademarkandcopyrightlawblog.com)

With New York Fashion week coming to an end, we felt that it would be the perfect time to talk about the effects of intellectual property on fashion. Intellectual property is a way for fashion designers to protect their creative ideas, however, it is widely known that it is very difficult to, for instance, patent the design of a product, as it may not be considered "novel." However, the products that are considered to be "novel," such as the Veneta handbag pictured above, can receive patents. These patents only serve to help the designer in cases of counterfeiting. Copyright law and Trademark law also relate to fashion and the linked article details how, along with giving a few example cases of how intellectual property rights have helped famous designers to secure their ideas.