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Frank Martinez

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.

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LICENSING DESIGN: Crowdfunding: Run Away From the Work-For-Hire Life

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.

Topics: Branding Identity, Managing Design, Product Design, Professional Development

Design Law Literacy: ART, DESIGN AND FAIR USE: WHY THE RICHARD PRINCE CASE IS IMPORTANT TO DESIGN

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.

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Design Law Literacy: DESIGNERS, AGENTS, AGENCIES - So Many Traps for the Unwary

During the course of their careers, designers will inevitably find themselves acting as an agent for their client.

Topics: Professional Development, Studio Secrets

Design Law Literacy: 3D PRINTING - The Fourth Design Dimension

We live in a time where artists, designers and venture capitalists view business disruption as progress and opportunity.

Topics: Branding Identity, Managing Design, Product Design, Professional Development, Studio Secrets

Design Law Literacy: Design Patents: Drawing Success

In earlier discussions, I covered the fundamental methods of protecting objects of design.

Topics: Managing Design, Product Design, Professional Development, Studio Secrets

Design Law Literacy: Patent Searching - More is Better

Industrial design and the design and making of things have experienced a renaissance in the past few years.

Topics: Branding Identity, Design Reference, Product Design, Professional Development

Design Law Literacy: DESIGN PATENTS MADE EASIER

In the arsenal of legal tools available to a designer, the design patent has the distinction of being the most misunderstood and the least used.

Topics: Design Reference, Professional Development, Studio Secrets

Design Law Literacy: TRADEMARKS - MORE THAN JUST PRETTY WORDS

Designers conflate the word BRAND with the word TRADEMARK.

Topics: Branding Identity, Professional Development, Random

Design Law Literacy: Trademarks - Design and Commerce

It is a fundamental principal of intellectual property law that one cannot protect an idea.

Topics: Branding Identity, Managing Design, Professional Development, Studio Secrets

Design Law Literacy: Mastering the Mechanics of Copyright Applications

In my last article I discussed the Constitution basis for copyright law.

Topics: Design Reference, Professional Development, Random, Studio Secrets

Design Law Literacy: Design is Intellectual Property

"Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end: then stop.

Topics: Design Reference, Managing Design, Professional Development, Studio Secrets