ACID Members make the most of their ACID Membership by ensuring they are using all the benefits. A range of services and self help tools can be accessed through the website. (You can call the ACID Team in the Membership Office +44(0)8456443617 and we will be happy to advise you on how to use each benefit to support your intellectual property as a business asset.)
ACID Membership Logo – The ACID logo is the most important Membership benefit and you are licensed to use it on all your emails, stationery, marketing materials, website and social media, product packaging etc. Use the logo with a choice of intellectual property statements and learn how to do this with a PowerPoint explanation. Make the most of your licence to use the Membership of ACID logo with a hyperlink to our website www.acid.uk.com. Use the ACID brand of deterrence as a 24/7 burglar alarm on your website!
The ACID IP Databank – Uploading your electronic designs and documents to our online IP Databank ensures you have third party dated evidence of their existence. You also have the additional option to purchase an ACID upload certificate that contains unique information confirming the lodgment of your designs on our system – essential if you are relying on unregistered rights. To register 1 design with the IPO in the UK costs £50.00. 1 upload of 12 files to our online system costs just £1.50. Please click here for more information. ACID always advocates official design registration through the UKIPO or EUIPO. The ACID IP Databank is is purely for unregistered rights. It does not add to your rights but gives a uniquely numbered and dated record of when your designs and documents have been lodged with ACID, for independent third party evidence.
ACID Marketplace – promote your designs and products through our online marketplace and invite buyers to view your new products, safe in the assurance that all viewings of your images are tracked and recorded on your profile. Always be aware of who is interested in your business.
Free Legal Advice – you are entitled to a free initial period of legal advice for every separate legal query you have during membership. With access to 8 specialist intellectual property legal teams, if you need advice you can log into your online profile and visit the Legal Affiliates tab. You can choose a team by location or speciality and contact them directly by phone or email. With IP legal advice averaging £200 – £400+ per hour, this is a valuable service for contentious and non-contentious issues. Supported by Boult Wade Tennant, McDaniel & Co, Stone King, Taylors, Howard Kennedy and Burness Paull.
ACID Brand Enforcement Service – our latest benefit launched in 2017. Find out how you can manage online infringements with effective website product takedown from major shopping sites. Together with a new brand protection service for offline IP infringement and advice on taking criminal prosecutions, ACID offers a comprehensive service for tackling IP crime.
ACID Campaigning – ACID has an impressive track record in campaigning for design law reform. Take the opportunity to respond to surveys and give your opinion through case studies. Your voice will be heard at Parliamentary level through our campaigning objectives. If you would like to know more about our Brexit campaign click here.
Members’ Only Area of the ACID website. Access your own online profile when you join and use your personal log in and password to manage your company information online. Visit the Members area to find information and practical tips on IP issues, with additional help and advice in a user-friendly format.
Shop Discount – as a member you receive a significant 25% discount on items in the ACID Shop including a large range of downloadable standard legal agreement templates for most business needs. Costs are from £33.75 for a confidentiality agreement to £56.25 for a Licence/Royalty agreement – a great saving on bespoke agreements which can be £200+.
Regular e-bulletins, social media and quarterly printed newsletter delivered straight to your inbox and postbox – the latest news, views and advice on IP issues. Let us promote your business through our media program – submit a Member Focus article for us to share and tell us when you launch a new product or win an award.
Membership Office – contact us directly for advice on IP design protection via email, phone +44(0)845 644 3617) or Contact Form. Our team is here to offer general advice on any query and we will direct you for additional help if needed through the ACID Network.
ACID Membership & Renewal Packs – you will receive these on joining and each year when you renew your membership, containing your new ACID member certificate and literature to help you utilise your membership benefits
Mediate to Resolve – ACID provides a mediation service for members and non-members as a real alternative to litigation. ACID members that are involved in a dispute with another ACID member have to submit to mediation as a condition of their membership – see the code of conduct here. The service is also available for a fixed fee to non-members, further details of which are available here.
Intellectual Property Strategy Review (IPSR) – What is involved in an ACID Intellectual Property Strategy Review (IPSR)? For Corporate ACID Members, we will visit your business with a specialist intellectual property lawyer and brief your team on current IP law, following which we will review your design creation process and IP assets with a view to ensuring that all necessary steps are taken to secure protection for your intellectual property within a proactive IP strategy. Following the visit ACID will produce a bespoke headline report with recommendations for your future company IP policy and protocols. This is a free membership benefit for Corporate members and is also available to non-members, price on request.