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0 26.01.2015

Topshop's sale of Rihanna t-shirt was unlawful, agrees the Court of Appeal

tl_files/2015/rihanna topshop.jpgThe Court of Appeal has today handed down its judgment in Robyn Rihanna Fenty & Ots v Arcadia Group Brands Ltd & Anr ("Topshop"), concerning Topshop's sale of a t-shirt bearing Rihanna's image without her permission. The Court of Appeal dismissed Topshop's appeal, finding that its sale of the t-shirt amounted to passing off.

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0 13.01.2015

Creative Industries- Record Growth Statistics Announced Today

tl_files/2014/creative industries 150.jpgCreative Industries reach record high - now worth £8.8 million an hour to UK economy. Design plays a crucial role in these statistics with growth of almost ten per cent in 2013, three times that of wider UK economy. The CI accounted for 1.7 million jobs in 2013, 5.6 per cent of UK jobs. 2015 is set to be another bumper year for UK creative output

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0 12.01.2015

Intellectual Property Minister starts 2015 with an IP Pledge

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This week, Baroness Neville-Rolfe, the Minister for Intellectual Property, gave a speech at the intellectual property annual seminar mentor dinner in London. The Minister set out what she felt was the most significant challenge for 2015, ‘strengthening the UK IP framework to maximise support for business innovation and help drive growth’. She also confirmed that there will be an increasing concentration both in Europe and internationally. 

In her introduction, Baroness Neville Rolfe spoke about how intellectual property is becoming increasingly important in the UK, adding that this will become even more distinct in the future, due to digital and technology advancements.  During the speech, she quoted a statistic from Border Force, which claims that IP crime costs the UK economy around £1.3bn a year.


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0 05.01.2015

Design Shanghai seems the place to go in March 2015

tl_files/2014/shanghai 150.jpgWith such a focus on China pros and cons in this newsletter, ACID caught up with Saul Leese, Group Trade Brand Manager of Media 10 to find out just how successful DESIGN SHANGHAI was? Held for the first time in September of this year, Saul reported,

“We had no idea what to expect when we launched our first design event in China. We knew there was a growing appetite for original design products because of the unprecedented growth of personal wealth over the past few years, but had no idea just how many people would turn up. Over 47,000 people, mostly trade, visited the event over the four days and a staggering 15,000 ‘design conscious’ public queued to be the first to see designs they had never witnessed before in their country. Many of our exhibitors were swamped by designers placing orders for products ranging from £50 to £5,000.

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0 31.12.2014

Inventor Trevor Baylis Awarded CBE in New Years Honours List

tl_files/2014/TREVOR BAYLIS 150.jpgHearty congratulations to ACID’s friend Trevor Baylis of Baylis Brands who was rightly awarded a CBE by Her Majesty in the New Year Honours and all at ACID send him warmest wishes. Trevor’s remarks are testament to his dedication to help inventors and raise awareness about the value of intellectual property and creative thinking. He is a true champion and pioneer for intellectual property with a jot of irony and a wicked sense of humour! "As they say, art is pleasure, invention is treasure, and this nation has got to recognise that. If they can spend a fortune on dead sheep and formaldehyde, then it can spend a bit more of that money on inventors."

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