is a licensed patent attorney at Womble Carlyle with more than 30 years of experience. He counsels clients to determine the type and scope of intellectual property protection that meets their business goals. A substantial portion of his practice includes the preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patent and trademark applications. Although Jack started his career as a successful trial lawyer, his practice currently focuses upon counseling clients in national and international intellectual property evaluation, protection and enforcement. Jack’s honors and awards include being ranked among the leading lawyers in his field by The Best Lawyers in America©, North Carolina Super Lawyers and North Carolina Legal Elite.
The ruling has wide implications for both the fashion apparel and home furnishings industry, both of which rely on distinctive, eye-catching designs to sell products. The upshot for clothing and furniture companies is that the Varsity Brands ruling gives product manufacturers an additional tool to combat knock-off designs. With that in mind, manufacturers should review their product line to ensure their copyright-eligible products are protected under this new standard.