I am in the process of launching an apparel brand. I have a trademarked logo and brand name. I have identified few local (California) garment printers and manufacturers that I would like to use to manufacture the initial apparel to launch the brand. My main concern is protecting my brand and logo from any infringement. I want to make sure that someone I hire to print my apparel will not later claim any rights to my logo or brand. I have heard this happening at time, including with designers. What steps should I take to protect my logo and brand from manufacturers and print shops that I contract with?
Who have you heard this happening to with printers?
Honestly I have heard other people worrying about this and it’s crazy. A printers job is to print shirts for someone else. If they go off and steal that design to sell them someone will find out eventually and that is terrible for business. Who would want to use a printer that steals their designs. This is why no printer would ever do this. They want your business and wouldn’t ruin that by stealing and selling your designs.
No one wants to steal your designs. That is the truth. Everyone fears that someone will steal their designs but it rarely happens.
Have a little faith in the professionalism of the printer you choose and that they wont steal your design.