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Intellectual Property

The T-shirt with an Attached Necktie is a proprietary design that is patented in the United States (D625,898) and Canada (133534), and is patent pending in the European Union.

We obtained strong protection for the design to disallow multinational apparel companies from ripping off the idea, producing cheap knockoffs in their sweatshops, and tarnishing the symbol by generally conducting business as they usually do.

It’s worth noting that there is a controversy in the fashion industry about using patent and industrial design law to protect apparel designs. Some pundits even go so far as to say that protecting intellectual property will “kill” the industry because it’s so dependent upon copying trends, to which we say: maybe you should come up with original ideas instead of ripping off other people's hard work?