Score One for the Little Guy

Sometimes, the little guy does win. Consider Ken Bishop, owner of Rona K. Inc., a seven-year-old Garden City, N.Y., jewelry firm with nine employees. He recently settled out of court for a sizable amount in the second of two cases against large firms – a retailer and a manufacturer – that were selling copies of his jewelry designs. More important, he secured permanent injunctions preventing them from selling any more copies. “Large companies say, 'It’s just a tiny guy. He won’t come after us,’ ” says Bishop. “They think they can do what they want. But the law has provisions to protect the little guy as much as large firms – if he uses them.” Bishop hasn’t stopped with his two recent wins. His ongoing campaign against firms allegedly knocking off and selling his designs has broadened, including use of the U.S. Treasury Department. New idea. Bishop’s story beg

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