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USPTO Grants Trade Dress Protection To Classic Furniture Designs

Law360 (October 28, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted trade dress protection to the Knoll furniture company for replicas of classic modern furniture, including signature pieces such as Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona chair.

Knoll has held a trademark on the Barcelona name since 1968. The new registration extends trademark protection to the actual design of the five products, the New York Times reported in Thursday’s edition.

The decision, made last week, could reduce the availability of affordable knock-off versions of mid-century modern that have been on...
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