Interrogating intellectual property rights: fashion and design

Event Date: 
Fri, 12/06/2015 - 09:00
Venue: 
Lucy Smiths hus
Location: 
University of Oslo, Blindern, 0316 Oslo
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You are invited to a conference in June, organised by the University of Oslo on behalf of The Enterprise of Culture: International Structures and Connections in the Fashion Industry.

Interrogating intellectual property rights: fashion and design will examine the question of fashion and design’s intellectual property rights (IPR) in the diachronic framework of the post-war period, by bringing together researchers and museum professionals across the fields of law, design and fashion history, business and economic history, and anthropology.

Taking place on Friday 12 June 2015 at the University of Oslo, this free public conference will investigate a range of exciting cases entangled in shared histories, from the rise of corporate identity design, criminalization of fashion piracy, and a biography of the Danish PH Lamp, to Hells Angels’ tough protection of the power of their gang insignia vis-à-vis fashionable imitators.

Speakers from the UK, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands and USA will consider questions such as what counts as original or as an innovation, and to what degree should and can these be protected in the face of cheap copies and knock-offs flooding the markets at an unprecedented speed? And who has the definition power and the leverage in the form of market access and higher levels of protection in foreign markets?

Open to anyone with an interest in the law, design/fashion history, business/economic history and anthropology, the conference will bring together academics, fashion and design industry practitioners, students, archivists, museum curators, and wider public audiences.  It is free to attend but booking is essential as places are limited. To register, please click here.

For more information, including the programme, please see the project website.