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Oct 30 2012

Lululemon’s Yoga-Pant Waistband Stretches the Limits of Design Patent Protection

Lululemon’s Yoga-Pant Waistband Stretches the Limits of Design Patent Protection

JURIST Guest Columnist Cory Howard, Wake Forest School of Law Class of 2014, argues that the recent suit filed by Lululemon concerning Calvin Klein’s alleged infringement of design patents represents a potential turning point for the industry…

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Design patents are federally registered patents and the protection of items registered with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is guaranteed by 35 USC § 171-173. This collection of statutes gives “whoever invents any new, original and ornamental design for an article of manufacture” patentable rights to the design of the item. Typically, to file for and gain the protection of a design patent, the manufacturer must prove five elements:

  1. That the item is an “article of manufacture,”
  2. Originality,
  3. Novelty,
  4. Non-obviousness, and
  5. Ornamentality.

Oct 16 2012

UK’s first yarn dyeing application now fully operational

UK’s first yarn dyeing application now fully operational

The first dedicated yarn dyeing plant to be installed in the UK for many years is now fully operational at Park Valley Dyers in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire; featuring a complete Thies dyeing installation.

German dyeing machinery specialist, Thies GmbH & Co KG, installed the ten dyeing machines and a horizontal pressure dryer in record time, in addition to designing the lay-out and specifications for all ancillary equipment at the new plant.

Oct 01 2012

Winning the battle behind the seams

Winning the battle behind the seams

QUEENSLAND’S design gurus are discovering they have success sewn up because they manufacture in Brisbane.

The brains behind some of Brisbane’s most successful fashion labels say the flexibility of local manufacturing makes economic sense while appealing to customers’ consciences. “We’ve found that if someone new to the brand complains about our price, people (on social media) often respond that they prefer to buy something made in a first world country by a company which pays people more than a $1 an hour and pays taxes in Australia,” Black Milk Clothing marketing and operations manager Cameron Parker said.

Sep 28 2012

Novel approach for single molecule electronic DNA sequencing

Novel approach for single molecule electronic DNA sequencing

DNA sequencing is the driving force behind key discoveries in medicine and biology. For instance, the complete sequence of an individual’s genome provides important markers and guidelines for medical diagnostics and healthcare. Up to now, the major roadblock has been the cost and speed of obtaining highly accurate DNA sequences. While numerous advances have been made in the last 10 years, most current high-throughput sequencing instruments depend on optical techniques for the detection of the four building blocks of DNA: A, C, G and T. To further advance the measurement capability, electronic DNA sequencing of an ensemble of DNA templates has also been developed.

Sep 27 2012

Museum to host exhibition exploring Mumbai’s textile tales

Museum to host exhibition exploring Mumbai’s textile tales

MUMBAI: The Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum (BDLM) at Byculla has devised an exhibition titled ‘Social Fabric’, which explores the impact on local communities of the global textile trade and the movement of fabric across continents, focusing on the city of Mumbai and the rise and fall of its textile industry. The exhibition is on from September 23 to November 11.

‘Social Fabric’ features artwork by Sudhir Patwardhan, Archana Hande, German artist Alice Creischer and UK-based artist Celine Condorelli. It includes archives of oral testimonies, 19th century mill labels, advertisements and other related material that draw out the invisible linkages and impact of the global textile trade.

Sep 26 2012

New Bedford businessman keeps pillow business local, eco-friendly

New Bedford businessman keeps pillow business local, eco-friendly

FALL RIVER – If one of Sandy Wilder’s pillows could talk, it would tell you that its artwork was created by Ken Bailey of Washington. The material was made in California. The art was printed in South Carolina, and the stuffing was made in North Carolina.

All of the pieces, made of organic cotton and recycled bottles, were stitched together in Fall River.  “People really want to buy domestically made products,” Wilder said.   Creating a viable business that involves domestic manufacturing in a post-made-in-the-USA era — a business that is both local and environmentally friendly — involved a lot of research and Web surfing on Wilder’s part.

Sep 25 2012

100 years of Welsh weavers Melin Tregwynt

100 years of Welsh weavers Melin Tregwynt

Melin Tregwynt is a family brand that’s as distinctively Welsh as it gets. On the eve of its 100th anniversary, partner Eifion Griffiths tells Kirstie McCrum why this traditional company thrives on looking forward

Celebrating 100 years of anything is a landmark, but for Melin Tregwynt, the mill’s centenary is offering Eifion Griffiths the opportunity to celebrate the fact that three generations of his family turned the mill in rural Wales into a worldwide business.

Sep 10 2012

What’s a $4,000 Suit Worth?

What’s a $4,000 Suit Worth?

A few years ago, Peter Frew came to New York with an important professional skill. He was one of maybe a few dozen people in the U.S. who could construct a true bespoke suit. Frew, who apprenticed with a Savile Row tailor, can — all by himself, and almost all by hand — create a pattern, cut fabric and expertly construct a suit that, for about $4,000, perfectly molds to its owner’s body. In a city filled with very rich people, he quickly had all the orders he could handle.

Aug 31 2012

Emerging designers get a boost from industry leaders

Emerging designers get a boost from industry leaders

Kim Roxie had dreamed of selling her eco-friendly cosmetics line in a major department store, but how she would accomplish that goal was uncertain.

Then executives at Macy’s delivered a lip gloss painted future, placing Roxie’s brand on Macys.com and in four Macy’s stores, including two in Atlanta.

“It has been so hard to break into the cosmetics industry on a department store level,” said Roxie, 29, who founded LAMIK eight years ago. “[Macy's executives] really got my product and got very passionate about it. They became my biggest advocates.”

Aug 30 2012

Patent war in cut-throat world of yoga apparel

Patent war in cut-throat world of yoga apparel

Lululemon brings patent lawsuit against Calvin Klein, G-III Apparel

Toronto: Lululemon, the hip Canadian chain that made yoga apparel fashionable, has taken its fight for market share to the courts with a patent lawsuit, as new brands of active wear seek to undercut its premium prices.

The lawsuit filed by Lululemon Athletica, which cultivates a mellow yoga vibe in its stores, comes as investors indicate growing unease over the company’s future. Whether the lawsuit, filed in a US court, will shore up the company’s position remains to be seen. Patent lawsuits are uncommon in apparel and can be difficult to win. The suit could deter imitators, and thus help the Vancouver-based company cement its growth.