Secondhand fabric reselling.

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Secondhand fabric reselling.

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Hi I am a textile dealer and recently acquired some fabric in a garage sale with the 'Bunnikins' image & name on it but nothing in the selvedge and some 'Hello Kitty' fabric from the same source, again with nothing on the selvedge. Can I make something out of them to sell? e.g. an apron or cushion & can I sell it as fabric and if the answer to the first question is 'no' warn the purchaser that it should be for personal use only?
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Post by AndyJ »


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
Advice or comment provided here is not and does not purport to be legal advice as defined by s.12 of Legal Services Act 2007
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