Hull design protection signed into law

WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush has signed the Vessel Hull Design Protection Act Amendments of 2008 into law, providing boat manufacturers with increased protection from intellectual property violations that occur through “hull splashing,” the National Marine Manufacturers Association reported yesterday.

“The VHDPA Amendments recognize the great amount of time and money that goes into developing state-of-the-art vessels,” said National Marine Manufacturers Association president Thom Dammrich. “This new and improved VHDPA is a huge step forward in protecting the intellectual property of boat manufacturers.”

NMMA has been working diligently through three sessions of Congress over six years to strengthen and clarify the Vessel Hull Design Protection Act of 1998, which was the first industrial design protection statute of its kind. Because of the way a hull was defined in the original legislation and subsequent court opinions, enforcement had been curtailed because of the difficulty in proving infringement, NMMA said.

The VHDPA Amendments correct this technical issue, allowing boat manufacturers the full protection originally intended in the 1998 VHDPA.

For information on VHDPA, contact NMMA counsel Bryan Zumwalt at (202) 737-9764;

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