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Latest news and updates on everything ACID

05.02.2016

UK Accession to the Hague Agreement

tl_files/2016/hague.JPGFollowing the recent consultation on UK accession to the Hague agreement, the responses led to a positive decision.

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04.02.2016

Yellow Brand Protection opens office in Shanghai

Following a period of strong growth and significant new client acquisition, Yellow Brand Protection has established a presence in the Chinese megacity.

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27.01.2016

Creative Industries Worth £10m Per Hour To Economy

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New figures published today reveal that the UK’s Creative Industries are now worth £84.1 billion per year to the UK economy

 

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22.01.2016

ACID launches a new IP mediation service MEDIATE TO RESOLVE

tl_files/2016/Mediate to Resolve new.jpgIntellectual property issues? Why litigate when you can mediate? Mediate to Resolve is a new alternative dispute resolution initiative, based on ACID’s grass roots exhibition mediation protocol.

ACID mediations over the last 15 years have proved to be an effective way of resolving mainly design disputes without the need to go to Court. ACID’s statistics broadly reflect this trend; of the 3500+ Exhibition  mediations that ACID has handled to date only 30% were not settled on the day, with the vast majority settling very quickly afterwards, and only 3 going to Court.

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20.01.2016

Alliance welcomes recognition of IP in Scotland

tl_files/2015/alliance.jpgThe Alliance for Intellectual Property has welcomed the publication of the Scottish Affairs Select Committee’s report, ‘Creative Industries in Scotland’.

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12.01.2016

£15k PAID AFTER ACID MEMBER BLUEBONE LTD CHALLENGED BAUMHAUS OVER LOOKALIKE

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Despite not acknowledging infringement, Baumhaus Imports have paid(ACID) member Bluebone £15,000 over a lookalike challenge. When Bluebone discovered competitor Baumhaus was importing a furniture range known as “Urban Chic” which looked virtually identical to its “Titanic” range of furniture, they decided to act decisively. After lengthy legal exchanges a settlement was reached avoiding the need for Court proceedings. Baumhaus claim only to have made only a small profit on sales of their Urban Chic range and have agreed to stop manufacturing or importing Urban Chic and to pay £15,000 compensation to Bluebone for its UK sales.  Baumhaus said the settlement would wipe out its profits on the Urban Chic range. 

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08.01.2016

THE UPS AND DOWNS OF TRUNKI’S IP

tl_files/2015/trunki high court.jpgThe recent co-hosted event by ACID and Bird&Bird LLP ‘Tackling Design Copycats – Tips and Strategies’ Seminar, saw a wonderful range of attendees from ACID members, designers and entrepreneurs, which made me feel privileged to be invited to present a ‘live’ case study of Trunki’s high profile and ongoing dispute with PMS International.

Since trading began in 2006, following 10 years of defeating obstacles and hard work by Rob Law to bring his idea to fruition, Trunki has been no stranger to the copycats, openly sharing our achievements and frustrations within the design community.

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07.01.2016

GOVERNMENT RESPONDS TO ACID CAMPAIGNING FOR REDUCED FEES FOR DESIGN REGISTRATION!

tl_files/2015/ipo_cropped.jpgIPO announces Consultation to significantly reduce filing and renewal fees for UK registered designs.

Commenting on the Consultation, Dids Macdonald, OBE., Anti Copying in Design’s CEO said, “ACID welcomes this positive step which, if adopted, will see a significant reduction in design and renewal fees and will encourage more UK designers to register their designs to give them stronger protection. However, it is really important that if designers register their designs Government matches these reforms with a much more cost and time effective process for access to justice if their designs are infringed."

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06.01.2016

BORDEAUX BECKONS FOR BIKE RIDERS

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A London to Bordeaux six day cycling challenge is set to raise money for the Furniture Makers the furnishings industry charity.

The 470 mile ride starts outside the Guildhall, London on Sunday September 11, headed up by Senior Warden and the Furniture Makers’ Company 2016 Master Ben Burbidge. With stops along the way for the best French food and wine, the peloton is due to arrive in Bordeaux on Friday September 16.

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