It is with great pleasure that Nick Kounoupias has been appointed a Director of Anti Copying in Design (ACID). Nick has supported ACID in its campaigning and public affairs strategy and delivery since 2008. His sage and knowledgeable thought leadership is tangible, and he has always been visible and accessible to our ACID Council and to ACID members for which we are in his debt. Nick’s appointment will take effect from a January 2021.
As one of the best-known names in the international IP world, Nick’s impressive career in all things IP says it all! He has practised across all the IP sectors since 1986 both in private practice and in house and during that time developed a formidable international reputation for his depth of IP knowledge and diverse strengths.
Dids Macdonald, OBE., ACID’s CEO said on Nick’s appointment, “I could not be more pleased that Nick has accepted our invitation to be a Director of ACID. His passion about protecting intellectual property rights and his strategic guidance and support on IP issues has been a consistent asset. Without his expertise we could not progress in achieving our remit, to ensure that design and design law reform remains high on Government radar. His knowledge and connections within the creative industries, academic institutions, law enforcement and government agencies are impressive. Nick has also been instrumental in spear-heading ACID’s mediation offer with excellent results”.
On his appointment as a Director of ACID, Nick Kounoupias said, “I am hugely privileged and honoured to be appointed as a Director of ACID. ACID is different to any other IP trade association in the UK and has its roots in the IP theft of Dids’ own designs. Accordingly, we know better than most what it feels like to have IP stolen, which in turn fuels ACID’s passion for protecting our members’ designs both in the law courts and the courts of public opinion. Indeed, ACID’s status and success on the lobbying front also stems from this passion and unshakeable belief that designers need far better protection especially as most of them are lone, micro or small businesses”.
Nick is CEO of Kounoupias IP providing help for businesses to identify, manage and protect their IP outside of, but complementary to, the field of traditional legal services.
Nick is one of the UK’s leading experts in anti-piracy and anti-counterfeiting and possesses extensive experience of managing and conducting investigations in the IP sector and in particular is considered to have pioneered the use of private prosecutions of copyright infringers for the music industry.
Nick is in known for his thought leadership on IP issues and regularly contributes to IP journals, books and regularly provides professional training on IP at seminars and webinars. He helped draft the Copyright and Trade Mark (Offences and Enforcement) Act 2002 and the IP Act 2014 and has for many years successfully lobbied all over Europe on behalf of diverse industries for changes to copyright, trade mark and designs laws. Nick helped ACID lead the successful campaign on behalf of UK designers to recognise the copying of registered designs as a criminal offence. In recognition of his contribution to the design industries Nick was appointed a Liveryman of the Worshipful Guild of Furniture Makers (www.furnituremakers.org.uk) and is a Freeman of the City of London.
Nick is regularly instructed by clients to monitor and advise on proposed changes to the UK and EU IP laws and has held many senior industry appointments; Nick was a founder and Vice Chairman of the Alliance for IP (AFIP – www.allianceforip.co.uk), a Board Director of the Federation against Software Theft (FAST – www.fast.org), Chief Legal Counsel to Anti-Copying in Design (“ACID” – www.acid.uk.com) and its representative at the legal group meetings of the AFIP (www.allianceforip.co.uk) and the IP Crime Group, director of the Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG – www.a-cg.org), and former Chair of its enforcement sub-committee, a founder and a former executive director of the cross-industry Copyright Hotline, and Chairman of the anti-piracy committee of the international music collecting society association BIEM (www.biem.org).