Hi Wayne and others interested in magnetic clasps.
Magnetic clasps in gold, silver and costume jewelry have been made
in the Rhode Island area for more than 30 years..It is not a new
My personal advice is that you can copyright your artistic design ,
However, you cannot patent /copyright the use of magnetics in this
case because it has been used in the public domain for a long long
time... there are many companies that can and would prove prior
usage to you . My personal belief is that it would be wrong for a
Lawyer to advise that such a device is patentable in such a manner
to exclude all others from doing so.
I , For one would jump on the band wagon to fight a patent of that
nature and probably quite a few more companies would do so.
Magnets have been used for many types of clasps and closures in many
fields including doors and cabinets .High powered magnets have been
in use in jewelry for A long time. If the correct magnet and correct
design of the clasp is used, these are very safe as a closure ( not
reccommended around pace makers) and do not come off without a lot of
power being used to take them off. We make magnetic clasps and
other similar products/ ideas for a lot of designers ... always from
their designs and exclusively for their use.
Racecar Jewelry Co. Inc.