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Lamps, Amps, and Registration Stamps: Intellectual Property Protections for Functional Design

April 23, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This program is presented in celebration of World IP Week and in partnership with the Copyright Alliance.  

Attention artists and creators in the design industry: did you know that functional designs don’t receive the same intellectual property protection as other types of art? Join us on April 23, when we will provide a basic overview of copyright, trademark, and design patent law, using examples from the worlds of furniture, musical instruments, fashion, and housewares. We will discuss what types of intellectual property protection can apply to different types of useful designs, and how creators can secure appropriate protection.

This program will be held as a free online webinar. Please make sure to register ahead of time in order to access the course.


April 23, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
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VLA Auditorium
1 East 53rd Street
New York, NY 10022 United States
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(212) 319 - 2787
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