Thursday, December 28, 2017

Oh, patents! Van Cleef & Arpels' Alhambra®

Copyright © Françoise Herrmann
Alhambra - Trefoil Arch

Van Cleef & Arpels’ Alhambra® collection of jewelry, launched in 1968, was inspired by the trefoil (clover) arch details of Spain’s famous Alhambra palace and fortress. 

Spain’s Alhambra, located in Granada, Andalusia, is a monumental UNESCO-designated World Heritage site, remodeled and successively transformed through the ages, since 899 AD.  

The Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra® clover design is patented in several US design patents. As a reminder, a utility patent protects the way an article is used and works (35 U.S.C. 101), while a design patent protects the way an article looks (35 U.S.C. 171).

The following list includes some of the Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra® US design patents, together with a patent drawing and marketed embodiment of the design.

Embodied design images Copyright © Van Cleef & Arpels. 

Van Cleef & Arpels – The Alhambra® Collection
Making the Alhambra® collection
UNESCO - World Heritage Site
UNESCO - World Heritage List of sites

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