Dids Macdonald, OBE.
In June 2015, Dids Macdonald, CEO of Anti Copying in Design (ACID), was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, for services to the Design Industry.
Dids, originally a designer, was a partner in a successful small company designing and producing decorative accessories, but with success came blatant copying every time a new product was launched. Dids nearly lost her business several times. In 1996, she co-founded Anti Copying in Design (ACID), a voluntary based round table action group, in order to enable ‘Davids’ to conquer global Goliath copyists. At the time there was no trade body to help designers protect their Intellectual Property.
ACID is now recognised as the leading UK design and Intellectual Property (IP) trade organisation helping thousands of designers protect their intellectual property through IP awareness.
Dids Macdonald said, “I am immensely proud of this recognition and honoured to be awarded an OBE. This highlights the importance of intellectual property within the creative industries and I shall continue to raise awareness about ACID’s ongoing IP campaigning for design law reform.”