Intellectual Property

Protecting Designs through Trademarks and Trade Dress at the USITC

This article analyzes a recent investigation from the ITC in which Converse sought to enforce registered trademarks as well as general trade dress rights covering its Chuck Taylor All-Star shoes. While the law remains in flux, this case serves as an interesting study on the use of trade dress and trademarks to protect product designs. The result of this case also serves as a useful aide in assessing proper protection for fashion products and designs.