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16.01.2017

ACID joins Creative Industries and the Business of IP event in Manchester

tl_files/2017/Creative Industries Logo.pngIntellectual Property is what drives the UK economy. In 2014, firms in the UK market sector invested an estimated £133 billion in knowledge assets, compared to £121 billion in tangible assets and 53% (£70 billion) of knowledge investment in the UK market sector was protected by Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs).

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16.01.2017

Last Week in Parliament

tl_files/2016/parliament 300.jpgWe are barely two weeks into the new year, but in terms of political excitement 2017 seems to be the year which keeps on giving. We started off the week with Jeremy Corbyn’s much vaunted brand reboot. In a day that was supposed to be an opportunity for Labour to announce its new policy on immigration and Europe, Jeremy ended up suggesting a new policy on capping the pay of high earners – with the limit being “slightly above” his own £140,000. Within a few hours this policy had evolved into controlling company pay ratios while his own former economic advisor described the idea as a “totally idiotic….lunatic idea”. 

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13.01.2017

3D Printing New Kinds of Crime

tl_files/2017/Figure-1 CP.jpg3D printing has the potential to transform the world by simplifying manufacturing, shortening supply and distribution chains, democratizing production, creating and repatriating jobs, and customizing products to users’ specific needs. But 3D printing can also be the proverbial devil’s playground. Like many technologies, 3D printing has a dark side, and criminals are using 3D printers to create new forms of crime.

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06.01.2017

ACID POLICY & POSITION ON REPEAL OF SECTION 52 OF THE COPYRIGHT, DESIGNS & PATENT ACT (CDPA) 1988

tl_files/2017/The ACID test 2 CP.jpgSection 52 of the CDPA as originally implemented reduced the term of copyright protection for “artistic works” that had been industrially exploited i.e., when more than 50 copies of these artistic works were created to 25 years instead of the usual term for copyright protection of life plus 70 years (previously life plus 50 years). This did not present a problem until EU terms of copyright protection were harmonised in the 1990’s to life plus 70 years, which meant that the UK position on Section 52 suddenly became an anomaly.

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03.01.2017

ACID’S TOP 12 FOR 2016

tl_files/2017/CP 2016-2017 Image .jpgTHE DESIGN & IP HEADLINES THAT STOLE THE SHOW!

 

 

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21.12.2016

ACID: THE Voice Against Design Theft

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INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND 3D PRINTING – Safeguarding the future!

3D printing, hailed by many as the fourth industrial revolution, was the subject of a recent Anti Copying in Design (ACID) conference, supported by the Alliance for Intellectual Property, which brought together industry experts to discuss and debate the opportunities and intellectual property challenges in the future.

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16.12.2016

Political Update

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It has been a fairly bleak week in UK politics. On Tuesday, Parliament debated the humanitarian disaster that is Aleppo. The emphasis here is on debated. No action was agreed to, and the discussion primarily descended into finger pointing over whose fault it was. 

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15.12.2016

ACID Council Member, Rodney McMahon, talks about 3D Printing

tl_files/2016/CP - Rodney K McMahon Colour.docx.jpgAt a conference focusing on 3D PRINTING Exploring the Opportunities, Identifying the IP Challenges, held in conjunction with the Alliance for Intellectual Property, ACID Council Member Rodney McMahon, talked about his experiences in the context of design as MD of Morgan Contract Furniture Ltd.

 

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14.12.2016

BiKBBI Chief Executive to raise £100,000 for Furniture Makers by climbing Everest

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Damian Walters, Chief Executive of the British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation (BiKBBI), is attempting to raise £100,000 for The Furniture Makers’ Company, the furnishing industry’s charity, by scaling the icy precipices of Mount Everest in 2017.

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12.12.2016

ACID SENDS DESIGN & IP MESSAGE TO THE PRIME MINISTER

ACID SPEAKS OUT TO MPS & PEERS WITH A SPECIAL DESIGN AND IP MESSAGE FOR THE PRIME MINISTER!

tl_files/2016/Dids Phyllis Angus Dan CP.jpgAccompanied by ACID members Dan Black of Black & Blum, Phyllis Cohen of Face Lace and Angus Gardner of Caroline Gardner Publishing Ltd, ACID CEO Dids Macdonald met MPs and Peers and spelt out what is needed in Brexit negotiations to ensure that UK designers do not lose out when Article 50 is triggered. Why? Because the majority of the UK’s 350,000 designers rely on unregistered UK and EU design rights and the potential loss of protection of designs in 27 other member states could be calamitous.

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