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ACID Official Partners Videos produced by Moritz Schmittat

“As a company who strives to bring original and exclusive British design to the global marketplace, we are delighted to support ACID MARKETPLACE. Not only does it secure evidence of the creator’s ownership, but expands the availability of intelligent ideas to the market and encourages greater access to suitable buyers. I hope the entire industry will support this important endeavour.”

Lee Broom, Designer, ACID Ambassador

“Here is another outstanding, leading initiative from ACID which promises to provide designers with unique and essential support in both protecting and commercialising their designs. I fully anticipate that ACID Marketplace will become an effective trading platform, with the accompanying Buyer’s Charter building all-important trust and confidence. This is a brand in the making.”

John Noble, British Brands Group, ACID Ambassador

After a long campaign the IP Act becomes law from 1st October 2014 and intentional infringement of a registered design is now a criminal offence.See the ACID Newsdesk for more information.


I like the professional support that ACID offers me and my company EGAR. It is a continuous and comfortable feeling knowing such a brilliant organisation is on hand to help me with any copyright issues every step of the way!

Sue Scott-Horne, ACID Member

“ACID Marketplace , What a good idea, we would love to be involved.”  

Rebecca Moyster, Owner of Bonbon Balloons, ACID Member

Distinctive design is the source of competitive edge and crucial to business success. It is essential to protect that distinctiveness and ACID fights effectively and tirelessly to do just this. It is the leading organisation in design protection.”

John Noble, British Brands Group

Being involved with an ACID Accredited Exhibition gives us confidence and I know that any alleged copying issues will be dealt with on site at the exhibition. It is in the exhibition organiser’s interest to protect the IP of design led exhibitors.

Black+Blum, Black+Blum

"Mediation and other Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanisms offer many advantages over litigation and can be particularly valuable in IP cases. ACID’s ‘Mediate to Resolve’ service gives access to a quicker, cheaper and better means of resolving problems. My congratulations to ACID for this vital piece of work and all they do to improve their service."

Minister for Intellectual Property, Baroness Neville - Rolfe DBE CMG

We were able to purchase a generic, reusable IP Assignment Agreement and, together with some further advice from ACID Accredited Law Firm McDaniel & Co, this is now part of our standard re-usable menu agreements.”

Emma Holmes, Sales & Marketing Manager, Bentley UK

“The design sector is a really important part of the UK's creative economy - with nearly £16 billion invested in designs each year. ACID has shown real initiative in taking this bold step to develop the ACID Marketplace. This will now mean that people are going to better understand the value of designs, and it will also help our world class designers to market and sell their innovative creations.”  

Lord Younger, Former Minister for Intellectual Property

Since its very beginning ACID has taken an active role in raising awareness of the damage caused to the design industry by fake copies. I congratulate Dids Macdonald and her team on the improvements they have stimulated in this area.

Baroness Morgan, Former Minister of Intellectual Property

"Anti Copying in Design is a trade association for designers, designer-makers and manufacturers committed to creating a safer trading environment. ACID provides support, protection, deterrence and education to help its members maximise growth opportunities within a proactive IP strategy”.

ACID, (Anti Copying in Design)

Original design is vital for so many businesses to remain competitive in today's business environment. But what is equally important is for those designs to be properly protected.  ACID (Anti-Copying in Design)'s work in this area is crucial and we wholeheartedly support the tireless work that ACID does to support this extremely important sector of the UK's economy

Dr Frederick Mostert, Chief Legal Counsel, Richemont

I started using the Design Databank for my new collection and it's been good to drop into conversations with those that may think about stealing my designs that they have been sent to ACID.

Kelly Scully, Tantrums and Tiaras
Membership Office: +44 (0)845 644 3617
ACID ( Anti Copying in Design)
PO BOX 5078
GL19 3YB

ACID Marketplace “Staying ahead of the market and having new designs to offer is as important for the retailer as it is for us suppliers. If we can give our stockist the edge by enabling them to view upcoming designs without compromising our own position, what’s not to like..?!” 

Angus Gardner, Managing Director, Caroline Gardner Publishing Ltd

Once I had created the look of my product, Ewgeco, I was looking to protect it quickly and effectively. ACID was my solution, cost effective and simple with a strong reassurance – just whas you need when starting out in business.

Tanya Ewing, Inventor of the Year 2008, Ewgeco
“We’re also proud to announce our official support for ACID (Anti Copying in Design) in its Commission It, Don’t Copy It campaign, which entreats UK retailers and manufacturers to proactively support original design and pay a royalty for each product sold. Britain has such a magnificent reputation for creativity, and I’d like to be proud of what this country stands for, not ashamed. Wouldn’t you? After all, in the inimitable words of ‘Moby Dick’ author Herman Melville, ‘It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation”
Editor in Chief, Michelle Ogundehin, Elle Decoration

A culture that values and respects intellectual property is one where ideas flourish and their progenitors are fairly rewarded. We need bodies like ACID to create, maintain and police that culture.

Kevin McCloud, Grand Designs


ACID is a confirmed PIPCU partner - The Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) is run by the City of London Police to combat IP criminality, with a special focus on offences committed online.​



The UK’s outstanding design strengths help to underpin performance across the sectoral waterfront. The valuable work that Anti Copying in Design (ACID) does in communicating the role of design protection is key to making sure that UK businesses can seize the full value of their investment in innovation and build economic growth.

Rosa Wilkinson, Director of Innovation, UK-IPO
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