BREXIT, DESIGN & IP

07.09.2017 (comments: 0)

tl_files/2017/Light Bulb.jpgJoin us for a panel discussion & presentation of evidence at 100% Design at Olympia, London on 22nd September 14.30-15.30 Come and hear from the Intellectual Property Office Design and Trade Marks Director Steve Rowan, Lee Broom MD Charles Rudgard & leading experts Nick Kounoupias Chief Counsel ACID & Dids Macdonald CEO of ACID & designers on current evidence submitted and Governments response to the ACID campaign.

BREXIT UPDATE – UK Designers punch well above their weight so it is important to understand the potential implications of losing design protection under EU Unregistered Design Rights and the prospect of worrying implications. Post-Brexit copyright will be about nuanced changes made to existing protection. But for design, Brexit offers an existential threat because of the possible loss of EU laws. UK designers will be severely disadvantaged if they lose EU unregistered design rights, on which the majority rely. EU design laws, both registered and unregistered, protect the individual character of a design in particular as they relate to the shape, texture, contours, lines, colours, ornamentation and materials of the design. 

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Without solid evidence the government will not listen to you and the chances of ACID entering positive dialogue, to influence the decision making process, will be weakened.

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100% Design, Olympia London

 

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It will take just THREE MINUTES to complete our questionnaire and you will automatically be entered for a £100 gift voucher draw.  You must be a designer of designer/manufacturer who has opinions on how their business will be affected by Brexit.

Why is this so important? 

The majority of designers rely on unregistered design rights - UK 'Design right' automatically protects your design for 10 years after it was first sold or 15 years after it was created - whichever is earliest. You can use it to stop someone copying your design. Design right only applies to the shape and configuration of objects. 

More importantly, you are also protected by EU unregistered design. Whilst it only lasts for 3 years you, crucially, have protection in 28 member states and it covers not only shape and configuration but surface decoration so a much broader scope. 

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