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From: Kerm98
Date: 10-25-2005, 05:00 PM (1 of 5)
Hi Everyone,
I know there is someone out there who knows the answer to this- I have a pattern that I designed and would like to have it printed and sell it at trade shows and sewing shops. Where do I begin after I have patented it and licensed it?
User: Kerm98
Member since: 02-16-2001
Total posts: 7
From: MaryW
Date: 10-25-2005, 06:01 PM (2 of 5)
I did some writing a few years back. I am no expert but this is what I did.

I took what I had to a local printer. They were very good about showing me layouts, spacing and visual appearance. I explained to them what I needed/wanted along with some examples of how the pros did theirs. This should get you started. Let me know how you progress, I would be very interested and good luck.
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User: MaryW
Member since: 06-23-2005
Total posts: 2542
From: AndreaSews
Date: 10-25-2005, 07:14 PM (3 of 5)
I can't offer personal experience, but here's a link to someone else who can.
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User: AndreaSews
Member since: 02-18-2005
Total posts: 1007
From: seamstress16
Date: 10-27-2005, 06:22 AM (4 of 5)
I just wanted to let you know (I've done extensive research into this) that you'd probably do better just copyrighting the pattern rather than patenting it. With a copyright, no one would be able to use the actual pattern itself for any kind of commercial use or be able to duplicate it for commercial use. And that would only cost you the price for a copyright, which is somewhere in the neighborhood of $175, I believe. With a patent, you could only get a design patent to protect the actual design of your product. But, most things, especially clothing, never make it through the design patent process as design patents are really hard to come by. Not to mention a design patent can and probably will cost you into the thousands of dollars. And if you pay all that, just to discover your design is unpatentable, that doesn't mean you get your money back. It just means you're screwed! With a copyright, you will be able to put that little copyright symbol on the pattern, which will be enough to let people know it would be illegal for them to resell your products as their own and they probably would not understand copyright and patent law enough to even worry about them stealing your design. I really hope this helps you and keep us updated!
User: seamstress16
Member since: 01-29-2005
Total posts: 88
From: LauraM62
Date: 10-27-2005, 09:24 AM (5 of 5)
You might want to check out Fashion-Incubator ( she maintains a blog with industry sewing tips, but also has allot of info on how to get a pattern onto the market. She has contacts, along with cost info. If you have questions you can leave them for her! She is very knowledge & helpful :wink:
SW Indiana

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User: LauraM62
Member since: 08-10-2003
Total posts: 246
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