Knobbe/Martens: Intellectual Property Law

Robert Roby

The Crown Jewels: How to Protect Your Jewelry Designs

Knock-offs and ‘copycat’ designs are nothing new to the fashion world.

Have You Been Duped?

May 9, 2017 Lesley Kim and Robert Roby

In the fashion and beauty world, the copying of higher-priced brands is widespread. While in fashion, the term for copies of designer products is “knockoffs,” in beauty, the term is “dupes.” Whether it is a colloquial use of the word “dupe” or an abbreviation of “duplicate,” to beauty brand consumers the word dupe has come to mean a cheaper alternative to higher-end products.

Design Patents – The Often Forgotten, But Useful Protection for Accessories and a Designer’s Timeless and Staple Pieces

February 6, 2017 Nicole R. Townes and Robert Roby

Although trademarks and copyrights most frequently come to mind when considering the types of intellectual property protection available for fashion items, design patents can also offer valuable protection.  A design patent is a form of legal protection directed to the ornamental appearance of an otherwise functional item.

Appeal of Final Refusal Maintaining that Human Jewelry is “Closely Related” to Pet Accessories

November 1, 2016 Robert Roby and Samantha Markley

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. asked the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) to reconsider its rejection of an application for the mark GEORGE in connection with watches, clocks, jewelry, and imitation jewelry in Class 14 (U.S. Serial No. 86/651975, “Wal-Mart’s mark”).  The appeal by Wal-Mart wrestles with the issue of when goods can be considered “closely related.”

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