Paul Frank, a company known in intellectual property circles for wresting away the rights in the name of the company’s founder and then suing that founder when he later tried to do business through a different company under his own name, has allegedly purloined a pretty swell piece of graphic art and used it as part of its line of shirts. The pictures tell the tale, below.
-AttorneyScott / scott@copyrightLA.com
Webb & Webb design, a design studio out of London, designed the below graphic artwork back in the 1980s. The artwork was well-received, winning design awards and being featured in publications and a traveling exhibition. It apparently caught the eye of a Paul Frank “designer,” who did little more than remove the Volvo trademark (probably to avoid litigation with the auto powerhouse) before copying it for a Paul Frank t-shirt. We noticed.