Right Royal, Protecting a Royal (To-Be's) Name


Just across the pond, the UK has been aflutter with the news of the royal engagement of Prince William to Kate Middleton since the story broke back in November.

As with many high profile events, this one has spurred some creative ways to profit from Kate’s newly elevated status. One area of apparent concern to the Royal Family is the use of Kate’s name in connection with merchandise, more specifically clothing. Following the release of each new photo of William and Kate the demand for Kate’s most recently worn item seems to skyrocket. This week news sources (including Ella Alexander at Vogue.com) have reported a warning has been issued to UK designers that use of Kate’s full name on a fashion label would be in violation of UK trademark and copyright laws.

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