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Nick Kounoupias Awarded Joint IP Champion

ACID Chief Counsel Nick Kounoupias Announced 2021 British IP Day Champion

After more than 3 decades immersed in the world of intellectual property and as the joint architect of two major breakthrough changes in IP law, Nick Kounoupias, ACID’s Chief Counsel and IP Director was recognised by the Alliance for Intellectual Property as the Joint 2021 British IP Champion.  He shared the accolade with Geoff Taylor, CEO of the BPI. The BPI, the British recorded music industry’s trade association.

In the late nineties, Nick, along with two others, one of whom was Lavinia Carey the Alliance’s Honorary President, set up what was then the Alliance for Counterfeiting & Piracy. This involved key sectors within the Creative Industries uniting as one voice. It later changed its name to the Alliance for Intellectual Property.

In 2002 Nick helped draft the Copyright and Trade Mark (Offences and Enforcement) Act 2002 via a Private Members’ Bill (which he drafted) which increased the prison sentence from 2-10 years for copyright infringement.

Around 2004, the IPO wanted to create a UK IP Crime group and Nick was one of the driving forces to make this happen.  The UK IP Crime Group is a membership of representatives from private sector, enforcement agencies and government departments who have a role in tackling IP crime and infringement in the UK.

In 2014 Nick was a key driver in the campaign which led to the intentional infringement of a registered design becoming a crime in the 2014 IP Act, thus strengthening design law.

 

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