After searches on this site for “pictures of the bag” kept popping up and even my sister asked why there wasn’t a picture of the prototype I realized I needed an explanation.
There are no pictures of the bag for two reasons:
1. I don’t want to show you the bag until I love it. I like the prototype a whole lot, but it’s not the final product by any means.
2. The laws in this country don’t protect my design. (Further explanation below.)
Patents are for nonobvious inventions (not fashion) and copyrights in the United States do not protect anything that has utilitarian function. A bag would fall into this category. You can get a trademark on your logo – which I will be doing – but that still doesn’t protect the actual product.
That’s why there is a certain amount of fear when showing the bag to others. I do carry the prototype around with me to test it out, etc. Also, I show it to people who have an interest or are helping with the business. But showing it to dozens of people is certainly different from having it available to millions online.
When the bag is ready I promise you’ll see it here first. In the meantime, I hope you’ll give me your input on colors, zippers, material – anything that’s important to you in a laptop bag. Thank you to everyone who asked to see the bag – I really can’t wait to have you hold it, try it on and tell me what you think.