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ACID supports need for harmonisation of physical and online copyright infringement from 2 to 10 years

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ACID’s chief legal counsel Nick Kounoupias (KounoupiasIP) has contributed to the Alliance’s position and response to the above consultation

Currently, online copyright infringement is dealt with under Section 107(2A) of the Copyright Designs and Patent Act 1988. These offences are punishable by a maximum of two years imprisonment. The maximum custodial sentence for infringement in respect of physical goods is ten years. To date, in some instances the Fraud Act and the common law offence of conspiracy to defraud are used where a custodial term of more than two years is sought. 

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MIP Luxury Brand and Retail Forum, London

ACID Members with in-house counsel, IP counsel and brand protection managers and ACID Legal Affiliate firms are invited by Managing Intellectual Property to attend the inaugural MIP Luxury Brand & Retail Forum on September 23 in London, at Le Meridien Piccadilly Hotel.The Forum aims to meet and address the growing challenges impacting upon the luxury brand and retail industry, resulting in key takeaways for legal and brand management teams to use in their strategies.

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Calling all Designers and Manufacturers with a base in Beijing

tl_files/2015/symbol3.jpgInvitation to attend UK-China Copyright Week (31 August – 2 September)

In the 21st Century, governments around the world must respond to the challenges created by the digital age and adapt their copyright systems to remain relevant and effective. The UK is no exception and has implemented a wide range of reforms in the past few years. Similarly, China’s copyright law will undergo its most thorough reforms yet, with a significant increase in regulation.

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Get involved in “Ideas Powered” and have a say on Intellectual property

tl_files/2015/ideas thumbs up 150.jpgThe first EU-wide interactive website dedicated to young people and Intellectual Property has been launched.

The Ideas Powered site ( is supported by the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM), the EU’s largest intellectual property agency, acting through the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights.

The site brings together contributions from young designers, composers, entrepreneurs and artists from all across the EU to show how IP underpins and supports innovation and creativity. Ideas Powered website also includes a video competition which invites young people to submit their views on how Intellectual Property matters to them.

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tl_files/2015/BIID PICCY 150.jpgUK designers will no longer have to include a design number on products to be confident they can recover damages for infringement under new proposals announced today.

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ACID Member Trunki CEO Rob Law awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Engineering

Congratulations to Rob Law MBE, inventor of the Trunki case and CEO of ACID Member Trunki on the award of his honorary degree of Doctor of Engineering from Bath University.

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At an IP Insurance conference held at the Association of Business Insurers and organised by the Intellectual Property Office held in London, Dids Macdonald, OBE, CEO of ACID (Anti Copying In Design) shared information about the IP insurance scheme that has been designed for designers as an additional benefit of membership.

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BIID (British Institute of Interior Design) honours ACID CEO Dids Macdonald with an Honourary Fellowship on its 50th anniversary

tl_files/2015/Dids b&w 150.jpgThe forthcoming British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) conference on Thursday 18 June will see ACID’s CEO Dids Macdonald honoured for her services to design through her work with Anti Copying in Design (ACID). Dids is also Second Assistant and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers.

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ACID CEO Awarded OBE in Birthday Honours

tl_files/2015/DidsMacdonald-IMG_1340.jpgDids Macdonald, CEO of Anti Copying in Design (ACID), has been made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in Her Majesty’s Birthday Honours list for services to the Design Industry. 

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