HIGH POINT, N.C. — October 8, 2012 — Culp, Inc. (CFI), today announced that the United States
Copyright Office has granted copyright protection for Culp’s Palance fabric design. The effective
date of Culp’s copyright registration is August 8, 2011.
Culp continues to be a market leader for fabrics that encompass the essence of natural
leather without actually being leather. Like many designs before it, the design, format, layout and
shading used in the Palance fabric design combine to create a one-of-a-kind design unique to Culp.
Culp is the owner of copyright rights in other popular fabric designs as well, including its
Palomino, Wrangler, Stampede, Congo, and Gunslinger fabrics, all of which are protected by
Since Culp first introduced its Palance fabric design, its overall popularity has been
outstanding. Unfortunately, certain of Culp’s competitors and others in the industry have copied
Culp’s design. With the issuance of its copyright registration for the Palance design, Culp intends
to seek all available remedies against infringers, including monetary damages for past sales and
injunctive relief against future sales of infringing fabrics.
Culp is also in the process of recording its copyright registration with the United States
Customs & Border Protection, so that U.S. Customs can target and seize imports of fabrics and
furniture that infringe Culp’s Palance design.
Frank Saxon, president and chief executive officer of Culp, Inc., stated, “We are pleased
with the Copyright Office’s decision to issue a registration for our Palance design. Culp will
continue to protect its rights. We have invested valuable resources so that Culp can introduce new
and unique designs to our customers.”
Rob Culp, chairman of Culp, Inc., added, “Culp is committed to protecting its fabric designs
and views the rights afforded by copyright law as a vital part of fabric innovation and development
in our industry. We value our loyal customers who have continuously purchased Culp’s authentic
fabrics, and believe that those in the industry who take short-cuts through copying must be held
Culp, Inc. is one of the world’s largest marketers of mattress fabrics for bedding and
upholstery fabrics for furniture. The company’s fabrics are used principally in the production of
bedding products and residential and commercial upholstered furniture.
Posted on October 9, 2012
Source: Culp Inc./Business Wire