Registered Designs – Webmarking Adds To Protection

15.08.2017 (comments: 0)

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Did you know that if an infringer is able to prove that at the date of an infringement he/she was not aware or had no reasonable grounds for knowing that the design was registered damages would not be payable? From 1st October 2017 the law is changing.  For more details see here.



ACID Tips and Advice 

  1. If you have a registered design, ensure that relevant information is visible not only on your website but on any product packaging and labelling adjacent to the product description.
  2. Include the registration number and ensure your website address is clearly identified including precise product numbers.
  3. Don’t forget to use the word “registered” before “design” followed by the number.
  4. Adding the ACID logo (if you are a licensed member) can also add to prevention against copying and increases the deterrent factor.
  5. The intentional infringement of a registered design is now a crime and punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Individual directors are also liable.
  6. If you don’t have design registrations but instead lodge your work on the ACID Copyright & Designs Databank always say so on your website, on product packaging and labelling, email signatures and via any other relevant comms’ platforms to reinforce your deterrent message within a proactive IP strategy.  See all the ways you can use the logo to prevent copying here


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