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Latest news and updates on everything ACID


Political Update October 2016

tl_files/2016/Westminster CP.jpgIt was an especially feisty week in politics, the big story being whether all the child refugees coming over from Calais are actually children. Tory MP David Davies (as opposed to David Davis) caused controversy when he argued that those refugees coming over should be subject to a dental examination to help determine their age. This suggestion was promptly shot down by the Home Office. 


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CBBC-Alibaba IP Roundtable

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CBBC led a team of 12 delegates to Hangzhou, where topics in retail and merchandising industries were brought by leading British brands including Burberry, Unilever, Dyson, Glenmorange & Ardbeg, Universal Pictures Int. (UK), and Entertainment One. The British Embassy also attended.

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Godfrey Syrett named 2016 Sustainability Award Winner

tl_files/2016/Godfrey Syrett cp.jpgThe Furniture Makers’ Company, the furnishing industry’s charity, is delighted to announce North East manufacturer Godfrey Syrett as winner of the 2016 Sustainability Award.


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Last Week in Parliament & Digital Economy Bill and Unjustified Threats

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Parliament returned from conference recess this week and the big story was once again Brexit. In particular the Government’s refusal to offer the House of Common’s a vote on their negotiation strategy before triggering Article 50 in the spring. This argument was fought not only between the Government and the Opposition, but also between Tory and Tory. 

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Design for Europe: Powering Innovation Summit 2016

tl_files/2016/CP - Design for Europe - Tallinn.jpgDesign for Europe, the programme commissioned and co-funded by the EU to support design-driven innovation across Europe, has announced that its 2016 summit will be hosted in Tallinn, Estonia, the European hub for cutting-edge innovation and entrepreneurship, on Thursday 6 October.

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The Furniture Makers' Charity Bike Ride Update

tl_files/2016/CP - FM Bike Riders Finish Line.jpgFurniture Makers cyclists raise £58,000 from charity bike ride to Bordeaux

Twenty two members and supporters of The Furniture Makers’ Company have raised a staggering £58,000 for the industry’s charity after completing an arduous 450-plus mile cycle ride from London to Bordeaux.

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tl_files/2016/acid-brexit-logo-rgbweb.jpgPioneering Design & IP lobbyists Anti Copying in Design (ACID) have spearheaded another campaign, this time to ensure that UK designers are not disadvantaged by any erosion or loss of access to EU design rights (registered and unregistered) post-Brexit.

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Another Campaign Success For ACID

tl_files/2016/design registration infographic.PNGACID welcomes the latest initiative by Government to substantially reduce the cost of registering a design. For online applications, from 1st October 2016 it will only cost £50 for the first design and it will be possible to file up to ten designs as a multiple application for a total of £70. The cost of a registered design certificate is £30. Designs must be filed electronically in order to benefit from these reductions.

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Political Update

tl_files/2016/CP - BNR 10 IP Crime Event.jpgDespite conference season being in full swing it was a relatively quiet week in politics. Liberal-Democrat party conference ended not with a bang, but with a whimper with Tim Farron pitching himself as the alternative choice for those labour voters disillusioned with Jeremy Corbyn, while the moderate rebels, resigned to the inevitable, have begun to adopt a more conciliatory approach towards working with their soon to be re-elected glorious leader. 

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