Bucklesource Inc, a wholesale distributor of metal parts used in the leather trade, has claimed victory for the fashion accessory industry after a court ruled that it can use Victorian-inspired motifs in its designs.

The court battle began in November 2000 when Leegin Creative Leather Products Inc accused Bucklesource and other companies of "trade dress infringement and unfair competition" over its "Brighton" line of fashion accessories. Leegin claimed the use of Victorian era design motifs in its Brighton line gave it a monopoly over this type of ornamentation.

The Hon Terry J Hatter Jr at the Los Angeles Federal Court agreed Bucklesource that the generic nature of Victorian designs does not entitle Leegin to legal protection against their use by competitors in a similar fashion.