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22.04.2016

26 April 2016 - ACID SALUTES UK DESIGNERS ON WORLD IP DAY

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We salute Design's incredible success story for the UK. What other sector has grown 34% in the last five years? So it’s hats off to you for your massive contribution to the UK economy. We have one, simple message to Government in support of design originality and IP protection;

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22.04.2016

TRANSITION PERIOD ANNOUNCED BY GOVERNMENT TO CEASE SALE OF REPLICA “WORKS OF ARTISTIC CRAFTSMANSHIP”

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Today the Government has published its response to the consultation on the transitional arrangements for the repeal of Section 52 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.

The final position is as follows: T he repeal of section 52 will happen on 28 July 2016 (nine months from the start of the consultation period); and The depletion period for contracts in place prior to consultation will remain six months following the repeal, but will therefore conclude on 28 January 2017.

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22.04.2016

TRADE IN COUNTERFEIT AND PIRATED GOODS

tl_files/2016/counterfiet 300.jpgThe European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have carried out a study on global trade in counterfeit and pirated products, analysing the impact on the economy, and the share of international trade affected by the phenomenon. The stated main goal of this study is to assess quantitatively the value, scope and trends of trade in counterfeit and pirated tangible products. The study shows what we know already – that organised criminal networks, operating across borders, will seek to profit from counterfeiting every market segment – but it’s useful to have it measured.It is important to note that the data comes from customs seizures.

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13.04.2016

UK IPO REDUCES DESIGN FEES FOR REGISTERED DESIGNS

tl_files/2016/DESIGN BRITAIN.jpgIn 2011, Professor Hargreaves rightly said that historically, Designs had been neglected and there was a need to address this. He went on to say that Intellectual Property law needed to adapt to a changing world, particularly to reflect digital developments and so the Government consulted with the design community and ACID and others shared their views on what would make the system better for registered designs.

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06.04.2016

ACID CHINA IP GROUP SPRING MEETING

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ACID welcomed UK IPO CEO John Alty, China IP Attaché Tom Duke, Lise Bertelsen of the China British Business Council and Trunki’s Laura Breen to the 2nd ACID China IP Group round table symposium

Whilst it is clear that working with China effectively offers many opportunities to UK designers and manufacturers there are also many issues of dealing with IP intellectual property challenges effectively. The ACID China IP group was formed to open channels with Tom Duke, the UK IP attaché based in Beijing, officials from the British Embassy in China, UK IPO foreign policy officials and the UK IPO designs team and to act as a positive conduit for member engagement, sharing information and intelligence.

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29.03.2016

JOIN CREATORS AND BUSINESSES FROM ACROSS the uk for BRITISH IP DAY

JOIN CREATORS AND BUSINESSES FROM ACROSS THE UK FOR BRITISH IP DAY TUESDAY 5TH JULY 2016

Tuesday 5th July 2016 will mark the first British IP Day, celebrating the huge contribution that Intellectual Property (IP) makes to the UK. There are two easy ways to get involved and make your voice heard by the people that can change policy.

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24.03.2016

BOUTIQUE LAW FIRM BRIFFA JOINS ACID AS A LEGAL AFFILIATE

tl_files/2016/Legal Affiliate Logo Compressed.jpgAnti Copying in Design ACID is proud to welcome London based Briffa to our panel of ACID legal Affiliates. ACID’s legal affiliates work with many micro and SME companies within the creative industries to help them understand IP so that they can protect their designs from idea to marketplace. Often designs are infringed and it is very difficult and expensive to take legal action. So ACID has recruited some of the best IP law firms to support them by offering them initial free legal advice if they are copied and, just as importantly they provide ongoing specialist help through a dedicated help line. Together with tips, guides, support at exhibitions and interesting articles they provide a much needed lifeline to creative entrepreneurs.

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11.03.2016

3D Printing – OPPORTUNITIES & IP CHALLENGES

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Where: The Furniture Makers Hall, 12 Austin Friars, London

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09.03.2016

A SAD DAY FOR DESIGN AS SUPREME COURT RULES AGAINST TRUNKI

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After a 3 year battle for Trunki, justice and fairness would appear to have eluded them. The Supreme Court has dismissed a registered design infringement case brought by Trunki’s parent company Magmatic against PMS International. In a judgment handed down today (9TH March 2016), the Court ruled that the European design registration of Trunki, Magmatic’s award-winning ride-on suitcase, was not infringed by PMS’s lookalike product. During the last three years PMS had produced their own very similar design which they had admitted was inspired by Trunki.

The judgment follows a three-year campaign by Trunki to uphold a July 2013 High Court ruling that Trunki’s European design registration was infringed after it was reversed by the Court of Appeal in March 2014. (see the Press Summary here) and full Judgment here.

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24.02.2016

Best practices for Anti Copying

tl_files/2016/MIP Womens IP Conference 300.jpgAt the Managing Intellectual Property International Women’s Leadership conference held on 23 February, Dids Macdonald, OBE. CEO of Anti Copying in Design talked about best practice for maximising design protection and creating a safer trading environment. With the emergence of 3D printing she also talked about the amazing opportunities that this technology will offer but also the IP challenges. A symposium to be held on 14 April will involve leading figures to broaden the debate on this issue.

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