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Spot the Difference

“Imitation isn’t flattery if it costs you your business!” Increasingly designers are using social media to highlight blatant copying.  If you wish to send us examples of your originals and look alikes to be considered for Spot The Difference email info@acid.uk.com with evidence of your design origination (registered design or signed and dated drawings) and we will consider publishing them.

ORIGINAL OR COPY? SPOT THE DIFFERENCE!

Inspirational or blatant copying?

Anti Copying In Design (A©ID) members Old English Company Ltd, who design and manufacture a range of high-quality bespoke giftware items, has successfully resolved a copyright infringement dispute against national supermarket chain Morrisons over the sale of infringing designs printed on mugs. Old English Company were assisted by ACID’s legal affiliate, McDaniels Law. Despite not admitting liability, Morrisons and Old English reached a settlement, the terms of which are confidential. Read the full article here.

Global retailer COS (owned by H & M) recently engaged in alternative dispute resolution in the form of a mediation with ACID member and fashion designer Jess Linklater of Robe de Voyage. Despite COS not admitting liability, Linklater is content with the settlement. A strict condition of the mediation agreement was that the terms of settlement remain confidential. Read the full article here.

When freelance furniture designer Simone Brewster designed a cabinet for Swoon, she didn’t hear anything back so naturally assumed that Swoon Editions were not going to use her designs. However, when she discovered that Swoon had, not only used her designs without permission, but had put them into production and were actively marketing them, she got angry. Brewster instructed lawyers but the first offer from Swoon would not even have covered her legal fees. So, as many SME designers now do, she decided she had to make the design community know about the unfairness and ask their opinion. In a resounding social media response which went viral, Swoon Editions stepped up to the mark and apologised unreservedly. Read the full article here.

An Intellectual Property dispute has been settled in Small Claims Court resulting in Royal Armouries paying £5000 to ACID member Table Art after an infringement of their tall mirror ball and frosted Christmas tree table centrepieces. Read the full article here.

Letter Before Action (LBA) results in another IP infringement success story for ACID Member Shoeless Joe Ltd after a multitude of products are copied by giftware company Kandy Toys. Read more about the story here.

Rich Energy’s un-authorised use of Whyte Bikes Logo is to end following a court battle and victory for the award-winning British bicycle brand. Read more about the story here.

Following a recent high-profile BBC (50.12) exposé of cheap look-alike baby bags being sold by supermarket chain ALDI, remarkably similar to those designed by ACID member BabaBing, Aldi’s lawyers have announced they will no longer be selling them, but without admitting liability. Read more here.

ACID Member Bumpsters found  the retailer Mamas & Papas stocking a remarkably similar cot bumper design.  Read the article on the ACID Newsdesk

Amongst numerous copies on the market ACID Member Talking Tables took successful action against BM Retail over their trade marked Prosecco Pong games

For example, in the case of Tatty Devine and Claire’s Accessories (necklaces below), this received an instant result with Claire’s Accessories removing an alleged lookalike of Tatty Devine’s design within 24 hours.  But beware of doing this without expert legal advice as you have to be very careful of defamation and not make groundless threats. ACID can advise!

For too long designers have felt helpless against copyists, especially if they are big companies because design law is so complex.  We want you to send us your examples which we will carefully consider adding to this site to raise awareness about the increasing number of lookalikes appearing in the marketplace and highlight through social media for you to judge. Below is a very small sample of some of case studies, only a very few reached a final Court hearing.

The culture that it is alright to steal designs can be based on arrogance, ignorance or greed but has, quite simply, got to stop! Sometimes, the strategy of large organisations is to change the designs so it is very difficult to legally challenge but at the same time it is clear that there was an intent to copy.

ACID is at the front line, working towards design law reform, helping its members protect their precious intellectual property. Why not join us to increase our campaigning power and put pressure on those who persist in taking the fast track to market? JOIN NOW!

“Imitation isn’t flattery if it costs you your business!” Increasingly designers are using social media to highlight blatant copying.  If you wish to send us examples of your originals and look alikes to be considered for Spot The Difference email info@acid.uk.com with evidence of your design origination (registered design or signed and dated drawings) and we will consider publishing them.

The latest images below show products from ACID Member Baba Bing who have found a remarkably similar design to their backpack design for sale at a much lower price in Aldi.  To read more on this story visit the ACID Newsdesk

ORIGINAL OR COPY? SPOT THE DIFFERENCE!

Inspirational or blatant copying?

Following a recent high-profile BBC (50.12) exposé of cheap look-alike baby bags being sold by supermarket chain ALDI, remarkably similar to those designed by Anti Copying in Design (ACID) member BabaBing, Aldi’s lawyers have announced they will no longer be selling them, but without admitting liability.

ACID Member Bumpsters found  the retailer Mamas & Papas stocking a remarkably similar cot bumper design.  Read the article on the ACID Newsdesk

Amongst numerous copies on the market ACID Member Talking Tables took successful action against BM Retail over their trade marked Prosecco Pong games

For example, in the case of Tatty Devine and Claire’s Accessories (necklaces below), this received an instant result with Claire’s Accessories removing an alleged lookalike of Tatty Devine’s design within 24 hours.  But beware of doing this without expert legal advice as you have to be very careful of defamation and not make groundless threats. ACID can advise!

For too long designers have felt helpless against copyists, especially if they are big companies because design law is so complex.  We want you to send us your examples which we will carefully consider adding to this site to raise awareness about the increasing number of lookalikes appearing in the marketplace and highlight through social media for you to judge. Below is a very small sample of some of case studies, only a very few reached a final Court hearing.

The culture that it is alright to steal designs can be based on arrogance, ignorance or greed but has, quite simply, got to stop! Sometimes, the strategy of large organisations is to change the designs so it is very difficult to legally challenge but at the same time it is clear that there was an intent to copy.

ACID is at the front line, working towards design law reform, helping its members protect their precious intellectual property. Why not join us to increase our campaigning power and put pressure on those who persist in taking the fast track to market? JOIN NOW!