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My precious: The IP in jewellery

Published 28.05.09 at 14:35

If you make jewellery, have you ever thought about what may have the greatest value in your work? It's not the precious gems or metal you are using, nor the long hours you are spending in your studio, but instead the creative process, the idea that makes every piece unique and identifiably yours. Your IP is the most valuable asset of your business, from the copyright in your designs to the good will associated with your name. This podcast explains what kind of IP is relevant in jewellery design, what you can do to protect your IP and how you can make money from your ideas – and not only from the pieces you are making yourself.

Whenever you show your work on websites, at exhibitions and trade shows it is possible for someone else to rip off your precious designs and claim them as their own. You need to know what steps to take to protect your work most effectively against counterfeiting and how you can enforce your rights when somebody else has profited from your ideas. This podcast  also discusses what clauses to look out for when you enter into contracts or agreements with national or international manufacturers or licensees.

Other topics covered include:

  • How to avoid pitfalls when working with others
  • How to form business relationships with distributors or manufacturers
  • How licensing designs can grow your business and your brand
  • Pro-active ways to protect your work

This podcast is the result organised by Own-it and GIA (Gemological Institute of America), and features a legal expert to give an overview of IP involved in jewellery design, explain principles of manufacturing and distribution contracts and give useful tips when working with others, and a successful jewellery designer to talk about his experience and working practices.

The speakers are Simon Gallant, partner at Gallant Macmillan LLP and jewellery designers Johnny Rocket and Tomasz Donocik.

Please note that these podcasts discuss the legal position in the UK at the time of publication. They provide general information only and are not to be regarded as legal advice. You must take advice from a specialist lawyer in relation to your specific circumstances. Further, you should seek additional legal advice when dealing with parties based in other parts of the world or works originating from other parts of the world as the legal position may vary.

Picture credit: Lepiaf.geo

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