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 Company name (optional, name will not be published)

 Company name of infringer (optional, name will not be published)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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Posted on Wednesday November 9th 2011 at 11:19 am by Alyn Griffiths. Copyright policy | Comments policy

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  • Guy

    If your intention is to strengthen intellectual property laws, you do not have my support. Its bad enough that they exist in the form they do for technology, especially medical technologies, which prevent access by those who need it most. Sure its different for design – thankfully the lack of strong IP in fashion and design promotes creativity, openness, fair entry and a healthy disrespect for brands such as those capitalizing on modernist icons designed decades ago. Its also prevents designers wasting their time in lawsuits trying to defend their ideas when they should be developing new ideas. Especially when, as if often the case in product design, that the same idea arises twice independently. There are a few such discussions on this forum – I remember the one about Chris Kabel's lamp, which was a right farce. Or the one about the clock with the second hand hinged on the minute hand (Sander Mulder?) . Who cares who did it first – its more important who does it best. IP is even less important for graphic designers – thats really a case of forget about it, keep working and show 'em how great you are with everything else you do.

    PS. Because people will quite righty bring it up, I agree that just because its not always legally actionable doesn't make copying ethical – in many cases it is not. I also agree that their are many companies in places such as China that are blatantly, and poorly, copying product designs. However, I believe education, of both the copier/maker and the consumer is the way to action this – I've developed an instinctual revulsion for cheap knock offs – and you can too. A better strategy keeping the wheels of culture turning free.

    Oops, sorry for the essay.