At The Intersection Of Copyrights And Design Patents

Law360, New York (January 17, 2012, 12:57 PM EST) -- The copyright laws are designed to protect original works of authorship. Copyright finds its natural application with works of fine art such as literature, film, music, painting, and sculpture. However, original authorship is not confined to the fine arts. Copyright law is also applied in the business world in connection with software, advertising, packaging graphics, catalogs and operating manuals.

Design patents are intended to protect new and ornamental articles of manufacture. Design patent protection finds ready application to a wide range of manufactured articles including shaped...
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