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0 29.08.2014

BURGON & BALL AND SPEAR & JACKSON IP DISPUTE SETTLED

tl_files/2014/GTH-PAVE_large[1].jpgACID members Burgon & Ball, renowned for their design-led innovation are no strangers to IP issues. During the last two years there have been an unacceptable 22 cases (generally) but, positively, their recent complaint against Spear & Jackson has been settled. The dispute was about Burgon & Ball's miracle patio surface cleaning brush which is a UK and EU unregistered registered design. The terms and conditions of the settlement remain confidential and both parties have agreed the following statement:

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0 28.08.2014

ALWAYS READ THE SMALL PRINT

tl_files/2014/smudged scam.jpgTrade mark and Patent renewals – is this another SCAM?

ACID members may have read about a recent successful prosecution by the UK Intellectual Property Office against an organisation passing themselves off as what appears to be the official national registration body. Well just a few days later ACID received such a request, this time from an outfit in the Netherlands calling itself a Patent & Trademark Agency Ltd. Is it for real or is it a scam? It looks remarkably like a similar request asking unsuspecting recipients to be sign up to a worldwide directory known as FairGuide.

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0 19.08.2014

TRADE MARK AND PATENT SCAMS – Don’t be duped!

tl_files/2014/hoax.jpgINTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OFFICE PASSING OFF CASE SUCCEEDS AGAINST BLATANT OFFENDERS

Organisations passing themselves off as what appears to be the official national registration body, the IPO, under convincing names such as the Patent and Trade Mark Office and Trade Mark Organisation have been successfully sued by the UK Intellectual Property Office.  Aleksandrs Radcuks and Igor Villers have admitted the offence and paid the IPO an undisclosed, but substantial sum of money.

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0 13.08.2014

DESIGN EXHIBITIONS – showcases or inspirational supermarkets for copyists?

tl_files/2013/December 2013/dids mugshot.jpgFive routes to design protection at exhibitions

In September, from fashion to furniture, the UK becomes a hotspot of exhibitions and design events such as the London Design Festival;  a magnet for design buyers and the retail industry who come to do business to the UK in what is one of the most innovative countries in the world. Remarkably, in a digital age, showcasing new designs is a still a preferred route to market. But exhibitions and shows can be a copyists’ paradise. Taking the fast track to market on the back of another’s design equity is rife. It happened to me badly when I discovered our entire new product range replicated exactly 3 stands away. I was gutted.

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0 11.08.2014

NEW INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MINISTER REVEALS HER IP PRIORITIES

tl_files/2014/baroness neville rolfe.jpgIn an exclusive interview and guest blog with Managing Intellectual Property Baroness Neville-Rolfe, talking about her appointment as the new IP Minister said, “As someone for whom creativity and innovation have been a key driver this is a fantastic opportunity and I couldn’t turn it down.” She went on to explain her priorities:

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