Tuesday, September 16, 2008, 12:49 PM

Heading to the fall High Point Market? A Refresher on "Knockoffs" may be in order

With the fall High Point Market right around the corner (Oct. 20-26, 2008), the issue of "knockoffs" is again ripe for consideration. A derogatory term, "knockoff" is used to describe slavish copies of original designs. All to often an original design is copied after its initial display at High Point showrooms (or elsewhere).

As an original designer or purchaser of original designs, furniture companies need to keep an eye out for "knockoffs" as well as stay informed of how to protect their designs before and after initial public disclosure. As a company or designer looking for inspiration, it is important to walk the line to avoid infringing the intellectual property rights of others.

A recent Home Furnishings Business webinar provides insight on this ever-present and compelling issue. You can find the webinar here.

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