A new version of the fashion design protection bill was reintroduced in the U.S. Congress by NY Senator Chuck Schumer, as reported by WWD. The bill was originally proposed in 2006 and introduced by Rep. Bob Goodlatte in July 2011 in the House of Representatives, where it is currently pending.
The modification in the new version include:
- a shorter title - Innovative Design Protection Act (IDPA), replacing the mouthful Innovative Design Protection and Piracy Prevention Act (IDPPPA);
- a provision requiring detailed written notice to alleged infringers, and
- a 21-day moratorium on commencement of an action after that notice. And no, damages won't accrue during those 3 weeks.
“This bill is about the protection not only of designers, but also about creativity and the security of jobs.…It has a far-reaching impact", according to Steven Kolb, CEO of the CFDA.
Thanks to Prof. Susan Scafidi who has made available the new version of the bill. Click here to be directed to the document.