The Design Piracy Prohibition Act
H.R. 2033/S. 1957
There is a bill pending in Congress that would extend a form of copyright protection (as discussed below) to fashion design.  LexisNexis wishes to engage interested members of the legal community to ascertain: (1) whether design protection...
Authored by the Congressional Research Service :
Fashion design does not currently receive explicit
protection under U.S. copyright law. Limited avenues for protection of certain
types of apparel designs can be found through trademark and patent law, though
proponents of copyright protection...
So far, the U.S. laws offer little IP protection to fashion designers.
As a result, fashion designs are copied freely by many. The U.S.
copyright law does not extend protection to the overall design of
clothing (the "useful" articles are not protected). There is a limited