ACID seeks evidence of copying in design

Dezeen Wire:
 UK industry body Anti Copying in Design (ACID) is calling on designers to share their experiences of intellectual property infringement to help support its submission to the government's review of design law.

ACID is asking designers to complete a simple survey (see below) that will form part of its evidence to the Intellectual Property Office, which is seeking the views of the design community so it can draw up proposals for changes in the law governing intellectual property and design policy.

See our story from earlier today for more details of the government's call for evidence.

The following text is from ACID:

To strengthen main submissions and recommendations, ACID is reaching out for your help.  UK creatives, or companies doing business within the UK, can help by sending your case study evidence.  This is a unique opportunity and it will only happen with a collaborative effort.  The case studies need to be received by the end of the day on Thursday November 10, 2011.

If you wish to participate, kindly send your response to the below questions to

 Company name (optional, name will not be published)

 Company name of infringer (optional, name will not be published)

 Images of product & lookalike product (if available – please send as jpg/pdf)

 Brief description of infringement (no more than 250 words)

 Did you take legal action? (brief details)

 Design sector/s (jewellery, furniture etc.)

 Team size (how many people work with you?)

 Do you register your designs with the IPO/EU?

 Have you registered your Trade Mark?

 How many times have you been copied?

 How much have you lost through copying? (monetary/financial loss)

 Do you export? (which countries?)

 What 3 IP design policy changes do you think would support designers and discourage copyists?

 Do you think Copying is Blatant or Inadvertent?


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