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The Guide to Screen Entertainment

tl_files/2015/screen entertainment.JPGThe BVA and the Industry Trust launched The Guide to Screen Entertainment. An innovative online guide designed to equip consumers with the knowledge they need to navigate new and emerging entertainment formats with confidence.

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tl_files/2013/february files/IPO LOGO 2013.jpgYou are invited to the IPO’s exciting seminar on trade marks in China, India, Turkey and South Africa on 27 November 2015 at the Intellectual Property Office in London. The event will run from 9am to midday and places will be limited. UK investment in trade marks reached £14 billion, equal to approximately 0.9% of total UK GDP. Companies understand the importance and benefits of effective trade mark protection. Those that file are on average 7% more productive than those that do not.


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Calling all ACID Greetings Card members – The Ladder Club!

tl_files/2015/card 150.jpg17 & 18 November – Westcliffe on Sea

Founders Jakki Brown of Progressive Greetings and Lynn Tait will bring together experts from the world of greetings cards to discuss marketing, the value of a trade show, suppliers, printing, licensing, distribution and ACID’s CEO Dids Macdonald, OBE will talk through the essentials of a proactive IP strategy at this year’s Ladder Club event. 

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The Design Economy report and celebrating Design Council’s 70th anniversary.

tl_files/2015/DESIGN COUNCIL LOGO150.jpgThe Design Economy is the the Design Council's 2015 report on the value of design to the UK economy. It expands on our previous research by looking beyond the traditional definition of the design sector. In doing so, it provides the most thorough and accurate view of design's contribution to the UK economy ever produced.

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Dreams sponsors The Furniture Awards 2016

tl_files/2015/jan furn show logo.JPGBed specialist Dreams has been confirmed as the sponsor of the upcoming edition of The Furniture Awards, a scheme which sets out to identify the best new products launched at the January Furniture Show, organised by Furniture News magazine in partnership with the show’s organiser.

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'Tackling Design Copycats – Tips And Strategies' Bird & Bird and ACID Seminar

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In an increasingly design-conscious world, a key differentiator between competing products is their appearance. Companies are beginning to fully appreciate the fundamental role that design protection can play in the commercial success of their products. And it's not just the design of the product itself; the design of the packaging, advertising materials, fonts, logos, icons and GUIs can be equally as important. However, wherever there is great design, copyists follow; often taking the faster track to market.

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Calling inventors! Design Council announces call for entries for Spark Innovation Fund and Fast Track Programme

tl_files/2015/design council spark.JPGFollowing the success of the first wave of Design Council Spark; the Design Council has now opened the call for applications via its website. Design Council Spark is a product innovation fund and fast-track support programme dedicated to uncovering the UK’s next great inventions. Funding of £5m has been pledged from philanthropic investors to support the programme over a number of years. There are up to twelve places available on this round of the twenty-week fast-track product development programme, all of whom will receive an initial investment of £15,000 and a further chance to pitch for a share of £150,000 at the end of the programme.

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The Great Debate: Design Manchester

tl_files/2015/The Values if design great debate.JPGDesign Manchester are pleased to invite you to participate in Design Manchester's great debate on Friday 16 October 2015, starting at 6 pm.

They'll be discussing the value(s) of design.

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Shoppers lose as Government fails to act on copycat packaging.

tl_files/2015/trolley 150.jpgToday’s Government announcement not to strengthen measures against parasitic packaging is deeply disappointing. Such packaging dupes shoppers in large numbers day-by-day and it is frustrating that this will continue to go unchallenged. Not allowing brand owners to stop the practice themselves is a missed opportunity.

Parasitic copying (also known as copycats or lookalikes) involves companies packaging their products to mimic the look of familiar brands. Where packaging is so similar that shoppers are confused or misled, it is unlawful but there has been precious little enforcement and the practice has persisted. Today’s announcement, coming after 21 years of campaigning, changes nothing.

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Launch of the John Makepeace Prize for Innovation

tl_files/2014/furniture makers logo.jpgThe Furniture Makers’ Company drives high standards within the industry, recognising and rewarding excellence with its Design and Bespoke Guild Mark awards.

They have now partnered with Britain’s best known designer and furniture maker, John Makepeace OBE, who is sponsoring the annual John Makepeace Prize for Innovation to encourage more radical concepts. New for 2016, this £3000 cash prize for designers seeks to encourage innovation that exploits new possibilities in design, materials and manufacture.

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