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|Posted: Thu Dec 17, 2015 5:08 pm Post subject:
The difficulty here is knowing whether the fabric was printed under licence or not. If not then making a product out of the 'branded' fabric or selling it un-made-up might infringe any registered trade marks, and possibly amount to secondary copyright infringement (dealing in infringing copies).
The safest thing would be to check with the respective intellectual property owners about the provenance of the fabric. If it is deemed to be genuine (ie made under licence) then you can use it however you wish, including re-sale in made-up form.
The intellectual property in Bunnikins is owned by WWRD IPCO LLC, 2711 Centerville Road, Suite 400, Wilmington, United States Of America, DE 19808. Their UK agents are: Locke Lord LLP, 201 Bishopsgate, London, United Kingdom, EC2M 3AB.
And for Hello Kitty, the IP owners are: Sanrio Company, Ltd. 1-6-1, Osaki, Shinagawa-Ku, Tokyo, Japan. They don't appear to have a UK agent, so you may need to contact their German representative: Böhmert & Böhmert Anwaltspartnersschaf MBB - Patentanwälte Rechtsanwälte, Hollerallee 32, Bremen, Germany, 28209
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