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tl_files/2016/BBCbreakfast2 CP.jpgAnnounced today the unauthorised sale of iconic replicas or fake designs will be against the law. Fakes are never in fashion!


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YPIE Prepares Future Leaders for Greatness

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Six young professionals who have completed The Furniture Makers’ Company’s Young Professional Industry Experience (YPIE) course gave a presentation last week to 45 top industry experts outlining the challenges they perceive the furnishing industry is facing.


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Last Week In Parliament

tl_files/2016/Westminster CP.jpgIt was Theresa May’s first PMQs this week and her performance went down very well indeed. As you would expect she clashed with Corbyn, referring to him as an “unscrupulous boss” and she suggested Labour frontbenchers had to "double their workload" while he "exploits the rules to further his own career". She received roaring applause from her own party during the performance and the papers have been quick to highlight the similarities between May and Mrs Thatcher. John Pienaar, BBC deputy political correspondent, commented that “there were one or two notes that echoed of Margaret Thatcher back in the day - she was much more fluent than Margaret Thatcher was at the beginning of her premiership."

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tl_files/2016/breaking ties.jpgFollowing a survey by the Creative Industries Federation, 96% voted to remain as part of the EU, but sadly, the leave vote won. But the main message from ACID is to keep calm! Why? Because nothing will change overnight. Under the Lisbon Treaty, there is at least a 2 to 3 year negotiation period (or possibly longer) before the UK leaves the EU and this is only started once the UK officially notifies the EU of its intention to leave. This means that European Union trade marks (EUTMs) and Registered Community designs (RCDs) will still give protection in the UK until at least June 2018, possibly longer.

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British IP Day

tl_files/2016/John Whittingdale.PNG5th July 2016 marked the first ever British IP Day, encapsulating the importance of intellectual property (IP) driving success across the creative industries, branded goods and the manufacturing and design sectors.

The day started with the Alliance AGM, where discussions focussed on strategy to ensure that members’ sectors do not lose out in the Digital Single Market and Single Market process, as well as developing clear a clear policy agenda to present to the UK Government. The Alliance must now see this as an opportunity; to seek ways to influence national IP policy and to work with allies in Europe to ensure our interests are still represented.

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Last Week in Parliament

Political update

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It’s been another busy week in politics. Michael Gove was eliminated from the contest to become the next Prime Minister and Andrea Leadsom dropping out of the race left Theresa May as the new leader of the Conservative Party, becoming the second female Prime Minister.

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ACID member Moda Furnishings triumphs in design right claim

tl_files/2016/Taylors Logo RGB.jpgThe innovative, Manchester based rattan furniture designer Moda Furnishings has successfully concluded its design right claim against Furniture Vault Limited and its director Mr Paul Brightman. Moda specialises in the design and manufacture of innovative outdoor furniture sold direct from its own factory to give its customers top quality product at attractive prices.

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The Furniture Makers’ Company launches Export Award

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The Furniture Makers’ Company, the furnishing industry’s charity, is calling for entries for a new award that will encourage and reward the export efforts of UK furnishing manufacturers.

The Export Award, which was launched today (4 July), is open to any furnishings company, including bedding, flooring and furniture, that manufactures in Great Britain.

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ACG Launches its 2016 Manifesto

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The Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG) has announced the launch of its 2016 Manifesto. The Manifesto delivers a tool that outlines the calls for action from the government ACG consider necessary to establish a more effective response to IP crime.

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At the first Alliance for Intellectual Property British IP Day held on the Terrace Pavilion at Westminster last night, ACID (Anti Copying in Design) was nominated as the first-ever UK IP Champion! The award recognises a person, organisation or campaign that has shown excellence in the promotion or protection of IP.

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