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Trade Dress: Evolution, Strategy and Practice by Darius C. Gambino & William L. Bartow: While the concept of trade dress has existed for some time, the doctrine remained dormant for many years until the Supreme Court decisions in Two Pesos, Wal-Mart and TrafFix Devices. These decisions raised the profile of trade dress, and changed its perception for many practitioners. Ultimately, these decisions increased attention to trade dress at the developmental stage. As with patents, many companies have implemented programs to identify and protect trade dress as early as possible, especially in the wake of these decisions. There is no doubt that trade dress litigation will soon not only become a major competitor to patent litigation as a means of resolving disputes, but in most instances, a significantly cheaper and viable alternative.

Trade Dress: Evolution, Strategy, and Practice analyzes the differences between the two major types of trade dress - product configuration and product packaging - describes the standards of proof for each, and explains how these standards have been interpreted (and in some cases misinterpreted) by the federal courts. The book also reviews the evolution of trade dress in the United States and its recent emergence as an enforcement alternative. Finally, it offers practical suggestions on how best to utilize trade dress rights in protecting a client's intellectual property.

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•   Describes and analyzes the differences between the major types of trade dress: product configuration and product packaging
•   Focuses on the evolution of trade dress in order to provide a more comprehensive understanding of the basis for the law and its impact on strategy decisions
•   Covers various trade dress remedies including injunctions and monetary damages
•   Covers various trade dress defenses, including functionality
•   Explains how others use trade dress, and the best ways to protect intellectual property in general

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"Darius C. Gambino and William L. Bartow have written a book about the rather complicated subject of trade dress that even I, an industrial designer with degrees only in fine arts, can understand. They accomplished this without 'dumbing down' the contents. The authors explain, for example, the critical choice that must be made between product packaging trade dress and product configuration trade dress, in crystal clear language. By claiming the trade dress of a car body as a package rather than as a configuration, you eliminate the need to prove acquired distinctiveness (secondary meaning), and note that in many cases the failure to make such proof can sink your trade dress infringement case before you ever get to an assessment of likelihood of confusion. This is but one of many examples they cite that, in my experience, are not well understood by attorneys." -- Cooper Woodring, Industrial Designer and Fellow of the Industrial Designers Society of America (From the Foreword)

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Table of Contents


CHAPTER 1 THE ROOTS OF TRADE DRESS

CHAPTER 2 PRODUCT CONFIGURATION VERSUS PRODUCT PACKAGING VERSUS PRODUCT COLOR

CHAPTER 3 TRADE DRESS PROTECTION AND ENFORCEMENT PRIOR TO 1992

CHAPTER 4 THE RECOGNITION OF TRADE DRESS - - TWO PESOS

CHAPTER 5 WAL-MART AND TRAFFIX

CHAPTER 6 LIVING IN A POST-TRAFFIX WORLD

CHAPTER 7 COMPARISON TO OTHER TYPES OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

CHAPTER 8 THE APPLE COMPUTER EXAMPLE AND THE IP TRIFECTA

CHAPTER 9 REGISTERING AND ENFORCING TRADE DRESS

CHAPTER 10 TRADE DRESS REMEDIES

CHAPTER 11 DEFENSES TO TRADE DRESS INFRINGEMENT

CHAPTER 12 THE FUTURE OF TRADE DRESS

CHAPTER 13 INTERNATIONAL TRADE DRESS PROTECTION