Design rights registration
PAIL® Solicitors intellectual property lawyers give a basic explanation of design rights and design rights registration in the UK, EU and US
A design is a product’s appearance. The look and feel all count towards the design. The design has to be novel to qualify as a new design.
Design Rights Registration – Ownership
Generally, the design is owned by the creator except if it were created by an employee whilst working. A commissioned design may also have to be assigned for ownership to be transferred.
Unregistered design rights
You can have registered and unregistered designs. Unregistered design rights like copyright are automatic. They focus on the construction of a product i.e. the shape, contours etc They are a property right like copyright and can be licensed and assigned as such. Unregistered designs are protected for 10 years.
In February 2015, we were instructed by the owner and manager of a reputable rental and property management business which started trading in February 2001 in Jalon, Alicante, Spain regarding a case of online defamation/harassment. The D had set up a website with a disparaging name similar to our client’s.
The online fashion industry is an area of specialisation at our firm and the purpose of this article is to provide a few relevant contractual starting points for fashion entrepreneurs, that they might chose to get further advice on, to set them apart from the rest.
When setting up a business in the fashion industry, there are a variety of legal challenges many businesses could inevitably face. As the fashion industry covers a broad spectrum of organisations, from online retailers to modelling agencies and everything in-between, the issues that may arise will vary depending on the type of establishment. We have come across all of these issues first hand, and we will cover some of the most common in this brief guide.
This business case analysis explores the theme of the building and shaping of the ‘brand’ that is Katy Perry; the ‘pushing’ of her music the ‘product’, through the mass media to a particular demographic, from which her fan base developed and evolved. Eventually achieving substantial record sales and profit (Lathrop and Pettingrew, 1999). The commercial success of Katy Perry is beyond dispute, she is the first artist to ever have at least one song ranked in the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 for a full year (Rolling Stone, 2011). She has received 60 prestigious music awards and is reputed to have amassed a personal fortune of $48 million from the time of her Christian roots and debut album with Red Hill Records. She started writing and singing her own songs from just 15 years old (Celebrity net worth, 2011).
What modelling agencies do is a mystery to most people. My fashion modelling career started at the tender age of 14. After finishing in the top five, in a country wide modelling contest, I began strutting my stuff in Milan and Berlin for Gucci and Agent Provocateur. But I still had no idea how a modelling agency actually worked. I decided to quit modelling when I met my husband. It will always be a delightful time of my life.
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This report discusses the future of copyright recorded music law in relation to the recorded music industry. The way we access, produce, distribute, store and consume recorded music has changed dramatically with the introduction of the internet. This change has meant that the current copyright laws have to be brought in line with the consumer`s change in perception of choice and access to recorded music. Adapting copyright law to meet the perception of choice and access to recorded music is proving controversial.
Most clients try to cobble together precedents, that they find on the Internet, of modelling agreements. This appears sensible as it is far cheaper than paying a solicitor. The trouble with the template agreements you find online is that they are almost completely useless. They just do not reflect the commercial drivers nor do they deal adequately with basic contractual principles.