Studio William Cutlery Take a Zero Tolerance Against IP Theft Against Coach House

31.07.2017 (comments: 0)

tl_files/2017/cp- Welch Copy Cutlery 1.jpgAnti Copying in Design (ACID) members Studio William Cutlery, internationally renowned for award-winning cutlery, have taken decisive action against a company, Chair Limited trading as Coach House, to halt the supply of infringing stock to third parties.

Coach House had begun marketing and supplying the infringing designs to third party sellers by the time the infringement came to light. The case settled through legal correspondence and undertakings and both damages and costs were secured from the Defendants. In addition, the remaining stock of the infringing goods were destroyed.

tl_files/2017/cp-Tilia Obsidian 3pc 3-4 - 300dpi.jpgWilliam Welch, MA (RCA), FCSD, FRSA commented “The intellectual property assets of a business are some of the most valuable assets we own and paying for international design registrations, trademarks and design patents is a core strategy to support our strategy to grow our global brands.  This case with others highlights our intent to vigorously pursue any infringements.  We have been an ACID member for more than 10 years now and utilise the Unregistered Design Database regularly too.  We display ACID signs at Trade Fairs around the World and on our website."

Dids Macdonald, OBE,CEO of ACID added, “William designed a cutlery range, named Tilia Cutlery in 2006, and he subsequently registered these designs in the European Union as well as other international territories, a smart move which makes enforcement of his rights easier. As the holder of registered design rights, William Welch Designs Ltd has the exclusive rights to prevent any third party from using its designs within the European Union and other countries without its consent, as discussed above.”

tl_files/2017/cp- Welch Copy Cutlery 2.jpgThis case highlights that seeking expert, specialist IP advice from an ACID Legal Affiliate can be helpful towards seeking remuneration from a third party who infringes your intellectual property rights. Effective enforcement is a very strong deterrent against future infringement and this case should therefore assist in preventing any further IP issues for the business.

Kelly Hudson, a senior associate solicitor at McDaniel & Co commented, “This is a great result and a very positive enforcement for the company. Studio William Cutlery has confirmed its status as a company that will not tolerate infringement and has sent a clear message to the market for the future.”  

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