Frank Martinez, earned a BFA in Fine Art from Pratt Institute in New York and is both a former designer and Design Patent Examiner. Frank founded The Martinez Group PLLC in 2008 after having been a Design Patent Examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Prior to law school he was the Production Director for Landor Associates in New York. Over the years, Frank has worked closely with design professionals in both design and legal capacities. By reason of his experiences, Frank understands firsthand the business and legal issues faced by designers. Frank is also an Adjunct Professor at The School of Visual Art, in the Designer as Entrepreneur MFA Design Program, where he teaches Intellectual Property Law and Design.
Every designer dreams that one day the world will recognize the rare blend of training, skill, and art that marks them as a gifted designer, turning demanding customers into patient, collaborative, and well-paying clients.
Artists and designers are the creators of culture and the use and misuse of their works alter the creative foundations upon which the artists built their own works.
During the course of their careers, designers will inevitably find themselves acting as an agent for their client.
In earlier discussions, I covered the fundamental methods of protecting objects of design.
Industrial design and the design and making of things have experienced a renaissance in the past few years.
Designers conflate the word BRAND with the word TRADEMARK.
It is a fundamental principal of intellectual property law that one cannot protect an idea.
In my last article I discussed the Constitution basis for copyright law.
"Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end: then stop.
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