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Latest news and updates on everything ACID

27.06.2016

BREXIT – WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY and Design and Brand owners?

tl_files/2016/breaking ties 200 for web.jpgEarly days but the main message from all our ACID legal affiliates is to keep calm! Why?

  • Because nothing changes overnight. Under the Lisbon Treaty, there is a two year negotiation period before the UK leaves the EU only started once the UK officially notifies the EU of its intention to leave, which may not happen immediately. This means that European Union trade marks (EUTMs) and Registered Community designs (RCDs) will still give protection in the UK until at least June 2018, possibly longer.

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24.06.2016

Counterfeit Goods Have No Place on Alibaba

tl_files/2016/Fotolia_81325964_XL - Counterfeit CP.jpgSpeaking in the Wall Street Journal on 22 June 2016, Jack Ma confirmed increased scrutiny is part of becoming a global company.

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20.06.2016

Last Week In Parliament

tl_files/2013/May 2013/parliament.jpgBaroness Neville-Rolfe introduced the session, by commenting on how the subject was a complex and specialist area of law and she was grateful for all stakeholders for supporting with the reforms. She stated IP rights need to strike a balance – on one hand the law must reward innovators, while on the other it’s crucial that threats to sue for infringement are not abused.

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14.06.2016

DESIGN WEEK HALL OF FAME FOR ACID’S CEO

tl_files/2015/Dids b&w 150.jpgAt a glittering occasion at the Honourable Artillery Company in London, the best of the best in design received the much sought after Design Week’s awards.

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13.06.2016

Last Week In Parliament

Political update

With just two weeks to go until the referendum on the EU, the battle continues to heat up. Last night during a televised debate Boris Johnson faced an attack from Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon who accused the Brexit leader of telling a £350 million “whopper”, that Britain sends £350 million to Brussels a week. Boris Johnson’s “whopper” also lost him the support of an influential Conservative MP this week. Dr Sarah Wollaston, Chair of the Health Select Committee,  defected from the Vote Leave camp saying that she no longer felt comfortable with being part of the campaign and that the claim that leaving would free up £350 million a week for the NHS was simply untrue. As things stand, 141 Conservative MPs have declared themselves for Leave, 179 Conservative MPs have declared themselves Remain, while 10 are still to declare.

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10.06.2016

John Makepeace OBE awarded Prince Philip Designers Prize 2016

tl_files/2014/furniture makers logo.jpgThe Furniture Makers’ Company, the furnishing industry’s charity, is delighted to announce that eminent British furniture designer and Company Liveryman John Makepeace OBE has been awarded the prestigious Prince Philip Designers Prize.

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07.06.2016

A QUARTET OF DESIGN GUILD MARK AWARDS FOR ACID MEMBERS

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ACID MEMBERS MORGAN, KNOLL, CHANNELS AND SIMON PENGELLY WIN DESIGN GUILD MARK AWARDS

The Jonathan Hindle Award of Excellence is awarded to Simon Pengelly

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06.06.2016

Trade Fairs in China: Steps to Protect You IPR

tl_files/2016/china ipr.JPGTrade fairs are an excellent opportunity for a business to showcase their new products and scout out business partners for manufacturing, promotion, and distribution. Unfortunately, in China these exhibitions are a common prowling ground for infringers, so it is of utmost importance to ensure all intellectual property precautions are undertaken. It is not sufficient to merely gain intellectual property rights for a company’s assets – steps should be taken before, during and after a trade fair to ensure maximum protection. This article takes a look at some of the steps foreign businesses should take.

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02.06.2016

NURTURING THE FUTURE JUNIOR LEADERS OF THE FURNISHINGS INDUSTRY – ACID IP DAY

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Anti Copying in Design (ACID) was delighted to host and deliver an introduction to intellectual property (IP) to some of the country’s leading young professionals in an initiative created by the Furniture Makers Company, the furnishings industry’s champion for education, excellence and welfare. Day One, a challenging day for most, introduced attendees to an overview of intellectual property. Learning about the value of IP to brands, a basic introduction to IP rights, an introduction to licensing and the all important aspects of design registration, accompanied by  a session of what to do if one is unlucky enough to be copied, all formed part of the essentials for a proactive intellectual property strategy.

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26.05.2016

ROB LAW OF TRUNKI JOINS LEADING DESIGN NAMES AS AN ACID AMBASSADOR

tl_files/2016/rob law new 100.jpgAnti Copying in Design (ACID) is delighted to announce the appointment of Rob Law, MBE, Managing Director of Magmatic Ltd. and the originator of Trunki, to its illustrious group of ACID Ambassadors.

ACID Ambassadors are tireless in their support of the preservation of design originality, ethics and respect for intellectual property and ACID is honoured to have influential Ambassadors representing our purpose and spreading goodwill. Rob Law joins design legends such as Sebastian Conran, Kevin McCloud, new high flier Lee Broom and many others who are outspoken advocates of ACID’s work.

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