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Thanks for question. I am a copyright layer in Scotland. Is it the top plate you are concerned about or the overall design of the product?
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No problem. I think I can deal with this in writing. You can’t protect the concept of making miniature stones. Anyone can make a mini stone. What you want to be able to do is protect the decoration of the stone. As I understand you, you did not create the design. It was created or at least provided to you by the manufacturers of the handle and top plate. That being the case they in fact own the copyright in the design of that item. The law says that the creator of a copyright image, or the employer of the employee who creates it, owns copyright in the image. Employee is used in the proper sense of the word. What you will have to do to get the rights to the copyright is to ask the manufacturer to assign the copyright to you by way of a deed of assignment or alternatively to grant you a licence to use the copyright for the purpose of your product. As things stand at present, from your narrative, you don’t own the copyright at the moment. I hope that helps. Please leave a positive rating so that I am credited for my time.
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You cannot protect the idea of a curling stone. In fact you can’t protect an idea at all. You can patent an invention so that might be the method of attaching the handle if the method is unique and inventive. If you radically change the design you might derive copyright ownership of the new design. A minor alteration would not necessarily do so.