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Latest news and updates on everything ACID

30.09.2016

The Furniture Makers' Charity Bike Ride Update

tl_files/2016/CP - FM Bike Riders Finish Line.jpgFurniture Makers cyclists raise £58,000 from charity bike ride to Bordeaux

Twenty two members and supporters of The Furniture Makers’ Company have raised a staggering £58,000 for the industry’s charity after completing an arduous 450-plus mile cycle ride from London to Bordeaux.

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28.09.2016

BREXIT DESIGN RIGHTS - A UNITED VOICE IS A STRONG VOICE

tl_files/2016/acid-brexit-logo-rgbweb.jpgPioneering Design & IP lobbyists Anti Copying in Design (ACID) have spearheaded another campaign, this time to ensure that UK designers are not disadvantaged by any erosion or loss of access to EU design rights (registered and unregistered) post-Brexit.

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27.09.2016

Another Campaign Success For ACID

tl_files/2016/design registration infographic.PNGACID welcomes the latest initiative by Government to substantially reduce the cost of registering a design. For online applications, from 1st October 2016 it will only cost £50 for the first design and it will be possible to file up to ten designs as a multiple application for a total of £70. The cost of a registered design certificate is £30. Designs must be filed electronically in order to benefit from these reductions.

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26.09.2016

Political Update

tl_files/2016/CP - BNR 10 IP Crime Event.jpgDespite conference season being in full swing it was a relatively quiet week in politics. Liberal-Democrat party conference ended not with a bang, but with a whimper with Tim Farron pitching himself as the alternative choice for those labour voters disillusioned with Jeremy Corbyn, while the moderate rebels, resigned to the inevitable, have begun to adopt a more conciliatory approach towards working with their soon to be re-elected glorious leader. 

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20.09.2016

100% Design – 100% IP Savvy?

tl_files/2016/CP - 100 Design Talk.jpg

100% Design is the largest and longest running design trade event for industry professionals in the UK. At a forum sponsored by RIBA Appointments ACID CEO Dids Macdonald, OBE joined a panel to talk about Intellectual Property and protecting ideas. Brexit may have left the future of IP law uncertain, but Dids talked about the many practical strands of a proactive IP strategy using lessons to be learned from Trunki.

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19.09.2016

Last Week In Parliament

tl_files/2016/parliament swoosh CP.jpgPolitical update

The end of the short Parliamentary session ended with a flurry of announcements including the final go-ahead for Hinkley C. With the conference season about to start, MPs will be heading to them with differing views of their Parties’ futures. UKIP have a new leader in Diane James, adding to the female ensemble leading our political parties.

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14.09.2016

DIGITAL ECONOMY BILL – LATEST NEWS

tl_files/2016/Digital economy bill.jpgThe Second Reading of the Digital Economy Bill took place in the House of Commons yesterday. The bulk of the debate revolved the Universal Service Obligation and protecting children from pornography. 

The measures designed to equalise online copyright penalties with those for physical theft were supported by members of all parties across the house which is positive news and clearly reflects work the Alliance and members have done over the years. Many MPs, again from across the political spectrum also said they would like to see search engines and other intermediaries do more to tackle online infringement.

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13.09.2016

Calling All Who Work in the Furnishing Industry


tl_files/2016/Furniture Makers' Company Long Logo CP.jpgIT’S NOT TOO LATE TO SUPPORT AN AMAZING CHARITY BIKE RIDE FROM LONDON TO BORDEAUX FOR
OUR INDUSTRY!

 

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12.09.2016

Minister for Digital and Culture Creative Industries Speech

tl_files/2016/Matt Hancock Ministercp.png“We must define Brexit Britain as open and optimistic, gregarious and global. Progressive and positively engaged in the world, as Britain is when we are at our best. The creative industries are critical to securing that status.”

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05.09.2016

Lock Up Your IP - Unlock Growth

tl_files/2016/Databank registered logocp (002).jpgThe ACID Design Databank (holding thousands of design records) has been redesigned to include copyright works. Now renamed the ACID Copyright & Design Databank it also has another valuable addition, a downloadable Certificate which is created each time you complete an upload.  The Certificate contains information that may be needed to prove the existence of designs and copyright works on a particular date, including a unique file identification number and the date and time that the submission was locked on the system. The certificate is signed by ACID’s Chief Legal Counsel, Nick Kounoupias.

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