Membership & Benefits

Anti Copying in Design is the only UK trade organisation exclusively representing designers, makers and manufacturers in all industry sectors on intellectual property matters.  By joining ACID you have a voice within an influential organisation committed to supporting all in the creative industries to raise awareness about the importance of IP, innovation and growth. By signing a Code of Conduct ACID members support best practice and IP respect, ethics and compliance within Corporate Social Responsibility.

For a full list of benefits see our benefits page

ACID champions original design

Each ACID member is of great value to us, collectively the stronger we are, the more we can influence design policy. We welcome applications from individuals and organisations, in any industry sector, involved in the creation of original design.

ACID campaigns

For design law reform. ACID’s 15-year campaign for criminal provisions for intentional registered design infringement was included in the new Intellectual Property Act which received Queen’s Assent in May 2014. ACID will continue its work to ensure that sanctions are extended to unregistered rights on which the majority of UK designers rely.

ACID provides safer trading through marketplace

Your ACID membership gives us the opportunity to help you protect your products and designs through an enhanced Design Databank and ACID Marketplace. Inviting design buyers to view through an IP tracking system gives you an additional marketing route to forge new business relationships with design buyers with added built in safety for your new designs IP Tracker – trade safely and keep track of new designs and confidential information sent by e-mail to design buyers and other third parties

ACID member's hotline

Members can access a dedicated Hotline for instant access to practical IP advice from the experienced ACID Team. Members are given an ACID Membership Certificate for display and starter pack on effective design protection.

ACID legal affiliates

We work with a team of specialist intellectual property lawyers around the UK and members can access our Legal Affiliates for initial free advice and discounted client rates.

ACID brand

Members can use the powerful, internationally recognised symbol of deterrence and many think twice before copying an ACID member. It says what it does on the tin and communicates a zero tolerance of IP theft. Members may use the logo to communicate their IP policy on their websites, marketing material, when pitching for business, packaging etc.

ACID member only area

Tips, guidelines, best practice, fact sheets, Manage your membership through ACID Marketplace.

ACID networking

Exhibition support, IP workshops, seminars, events on a variety of IP subjects. There is support through a proactive ACID Exhibition protocol which provides free mediation services at grass roots should you discover a copy.

ACID social media

Join our growing ACID Community on Facebook and Twitter, for the promotion of your new designs, celebrating your awards and news with others, sharing IP news, information, tips and advice.

Spot the difference?

Using social media as a forum to highlight originals and copies to raise awareness. Often this achieves results with lookalikes being removed without the need for legal action.

ACID overseas

Trading outside Europe? Specialist advice from USA and China based teams. Supported by European network of lawyers through our Legal Affiliates

ACID shop

A menu of cost effective, industry standard agreements to which bespoke clauses can be added by specialists to underpin and strengthen your commercial relationships

ACID news

Keep abreast of IP news of national IP interest and of members’ case studies together with articles of current interest. ACID publishes a quarterly newsletter packed with the latest in IP awareness and member profiles. You are one click away from sending us your news!

ACID corporate

Access to free Intellectual Property Strategy Reviews (IPSR), invitations to attend one to one IP clinics and IP Strategy creation round table lunch events and Invitations to industry and issue specific round table lunch events providing a forum for discussion and opportunity to influence ACID lobbying activities