Government seeks designers'
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Dezeen Wire:
 UK designers have two more days to take part in a government survey aimed at improving intellectual property laws.

The survey, part of a call for evidence by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), will form part of a government review of law covering design in the UK and follows the Hargreaves Review - an independent report published in May this year which looked at how the IP framework supports growth and innovation.

There are concerns that UK designers' work is not as well protected as that of designers in other countries. The IPO says: "There are questions about the extent to which the design industry is properly supported by the Intellectual Property Framework".

Anti Copying in Design (ACID), an organisation that raises awareness of copying and helps designers prevent having their ideas stolen, is urging designers to take part in the survey. It told its members: "We need your own examples of copying issues - real, hard evidence to support the case for policy improvements".

Design contributes an estimated £33 billion to the UK economy, or 2.4% of GDP.

Designers have until 11 November to complete the 10-minute survey or respond to the IPO's call for evidence.

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Posted on Wednesday November 9th 2011 at 9:21 am by Alyn Griffiths. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Thank you for the post, Dezeen! As a result of the compelling submissions from various parties, including ACID, to the Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property, the creation and shaping of new design policy has been brought to the forefront as one of its top 10 IP priorities with Government endorsement from the Prime Minister.

    This review extends far beyond copyright. Copyright is only the tip of the iceberg for designers' rights; there are also registered design, design right, registered community design, unregistered community design, trade mark, and community trade mark…

    ACID welcomes, and encourages, designers to submit to us their stories. By answering the questions here ( they have the opportunity for their case studies to be presented directly to the UKIPO. This is an opportunity that does not come around often! Together we have the ability to make a positive change for the design community!