The drive to extend copyright to fashion design and otherwise protect the creative industries in both Europe and the US, where the Senate Judiciary Committee has just passed the Innovative Design Protection Act, has a lot of momentum behind it.
Current US law does not protect most fashion design, because it considered “useful” and also too general. How, for example, can you protect “a dress”.
But here’s something interesting: even though the American bill is not yet law, one UK designer has managed to get one of his designs patented, in all the territories where he sells, under the intellectual property regime as it now stands, because it involves a new technology as much as aesthetics. Read more