The Design Act

THE DESIGN ACT is a coalition brought together by Anti Copying in Design (ACID). The founding members are the British Institute of Interior Design, (BIID) the British Contract Furnishings Association (BCFA), the Association for the Creative Industries (AFCI), the Lighting Industry Association (LIA) and the Design Business Association (DBA).

The driving force of THE DESIGN ACT is to create a coalition of design-led organisations with a single powerful voice on behalf of major design organisations in the UK on one single issue – intellectual property and design law reform

In 2014, after a strong campaign, ACID was successful in spear-heading a change in the law. It is now a crime to intentionally infringe a registered design punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

The prime objective of the Design Act is to push forward a further campaign to ensure that the intentional infringement of an unregistered design is also a crime. As the majority of UK designs rely on unregistered design rights this will add the deterrent factor that is currently missing. This will also impact on other aspects of IP protection which are currently lacking such as 3D printing and online infringement issues, for example.

Prior to the formal announcement we need to establish the scale of infringement in each different sector and identify the issues that you face so that we can act from a position of evidenced based discussions.

Please take a few moments to complete this short questionnaire which will give us the vital evidence and statistics we need to progress and take the next steps.


The BCFA is the British business association for the contract furnishing industry, covering the full spectrum of interior products and services in the UK and globally. The 220+ members are accredited by the association and are leading manufacturers, suppliers and designers of furnishing services for commercial buildings throughout the UK and in world markets.

Members of the BCFA create effective spaces and settings for their clients, providing design integrity, function, quality and value. They create the opportunity for clients to buy with confidence and experience complete satisfaction. A company can only become a member of the BCFA when it satisfies the association’s standard of professionalism and makes a commitment to provide the market with the highest standards of service.

The association supports an atmosphere of enterprise and fair competition where members operate ethically, encourage excellence and strive for improved standards in their businesses.


The  AFCI.UK (Association For Creative Industries UK) is a non-for-profit trade association (No. 07914498), designed to Unify, Develop and Inspire the UK Creative Craft and Hobby Industry.  Based in the UK, specifically catering to the needs of creative, craft and hobby professionals from designers, educationalists, start-ups, independent retailers, chain and online stores, buyers, suppliers, TV channels, manufactures, wholesalers, publishers and everyone in between.

The Lighting Industry Association is Europe’s largest Trade Association for lighting equipment professionals. This includes lighting manufacturers, suppliers, retailers, wholesalers, designers and all professionals active in the UK lighting market.  Designed from the bottom-up, they are driven by their Members’ needs, quickly responding and adapting to changing Membership needs and expectations as required. From exhibitions and committees to our technical forums, they offer a full calendar of engagement, social and networking opportunities.



The Design Business Association is the trade association for all those working in the field of design, supporting them and championing the transformative power of design. The DBA membership consists of 400-450 design consultancies and design-driven businesses including many of the brightest and most respected names.  The bridge between design and business – there is no other organisation like the DBA. They galvanise the sector, to enable the full commercial, strategic and economic potential of design to be realised throughout business and government.