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ACID is Your Voice Against Design Theft

Together, we increase our collective power in driving positive change

In the UK, our vibrant creative industries are growing five times faster than the economy, with the design sector playing a pivotal role in our nation’s innovation, growth, and sustainability. Yet, as our creative momentum increases, so does the prevalence of design theft and IP infringement. Copyists pose a substantial threat to the UK’s economic success and cultural standing, whilst personally impacting the livelihoods of designers all across the country.

For nearly a quarter of a century, ACID has been committed to raising awareness and encouraging respect for IP within individual and corporate responsibility. As the UK’s leading membership and campaigning organisation for design and intellectual property, we exist to promote and protect the rights of designers through support, education, advocacy, deterrence, and lobbying for fit-for-purpose legislation. Our thriving community represents diverse design, designer-maker, and manufacturing enterprises across 25 different sectors, working together to defend the rights of creatives from the damaging effects of design theft.

The ACID IP Charter is a Code of Conduct and a statement of intent that sets out your promise to uphold ethics, respect and compliance as a minimum to designers of original works. ACID Charter Signatories are those who have taken this pledge – from individuals and businesses within any industry, to designers themselves.

Why Sign the ACID IP Charter?

By signing the ACID IP Charter, you are taking a public stance against copying in design, amplifying the voice of designers across the UK, and affirming your support for the continual campaign for the preservation and promotion of invaluable IP protection rights. 


Join the ACID community and increase our collective power to drive change across the UK’s IP landscape in the battle against design theft.


Use the ACID Signatory badge on your website and marketing collateral, displaying our high-profile and powerful brand of deterrence.


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Contribute to Our Fighting Fund

To sign the ACID IP Charter, we ask Signatories for a nominal one-off fee of £10 including VAT, which will contribute towards our fighting fund against design theft and to lobby for design law reform. 

Show Your Support

Acid Charter Signatories will be granted a non-exclusive license to use their choice of two logos to display on the website & marketing materials, with options provided for both individuals and businesses.

Join Our Community Today

Signing the ACID IP Charter is a simple process which can be completed on our website within 5-10 minutes, via our online form. Upon submitting the form, your logos and shareable social media graphics will be available for download.

The ACID IP Charter

This ACID IP Charter Code of Conduct contains a framework of values, with the intention of providing the public with assurances as to the integrity of the designs and conduct of all those who agree to this Code of Conduct and the expectation that others will demonstrate ethics, respect, and compliance as a minimum to designers of original works. All Charter Signatories are expected to comply with both the letter and spirit of the Principles of Conduct.

I/we commit to the ACID IP Charter and agree to the following:

  • 1
    to have the utmost respect for Intellectual Property and adhere to a strict anti-copying policy within your organisation
  • 2
    to promote ACID and its aims and to support ACID in its fight against IP theft and, when and where appropriate, display the ACID IP Charter Signatory logo
  • 3
    to promote and maintain ethical standards of conduct and at all times deal fairly and honestly with the public and with the business community
  • 4
    at all times act in a professional manner and not engage in practices which would bring the design industry or ACID into disrepute
  • 5
    to ensure that your designs and products conform with all relevant laws and regulations and that your employees and agents are fully aware of all such laws and regulations
  • 6
    to not deliberately or knowingly copy the designs, products, name or trading style of another company or business
  • 7
    to not engage in any practice or activity which unfairly competes with the business or is detrimental to the goodwill or reputation of another company or business

In the event that a dispute arises between you and one or more ACID Charter Signatories concerning the origin, ownership or integrity of one or more designs or products, you agree to submit to the ACID Mediation Scheme (or another similar scheme approved by the A©ID Committee) in an attempt to resolve the dispute. This will not prevent ACID Charter Signatories seeking urgent interim relief in appropriate circumstances. In such cases, ACID should be notified that such steps are to be taken. There are very rare instances where unintentional copying occurs, and any circumstances will be taken into consideration. All Signatories waive the right to confidentiality.

ACID reserves the right to remove permission for use of the ACID Charter Signatory logo at its own discretion.

Terms & Conditions

Prior to becoming an ACID Charter Signatory, you must ensure that you read and understand these following Terms & Conditions, in addition to our Code of Conduct above. 

If you decide to resign as an ACID Charter Signatory, the licence you had for the use of the ACID name and logo is automatically revoked. You must immediately remove the ACID name and logo from your publicity material, website and other media on which you have used the ACID IP Charter Logo and/or ACID name and logo. As you are no longer a Signatory you cannot benefit from your prior association with ACID and we hope you understand that.

ACID will contact Charter Signatories from time to time with additional information that is likely to be of interest in addition to news bulletins and offers. We reserve the right to promote Signatories use of the ACID Charter Signatory logo, which may involve promotion of your website and social media channels.

We do not store credit card details, nor do we share customer details with any third parties.

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