The Design Act

Soon to be announced is a new coalition called THE DESIGN ACT, brought together by Anti Copying in Design (ACID). The founding members are the British Institute of Interior Design, (BIID) the British Contract Furnishings Association (BCFA), the Association for Creative Industries UK (AFCI.UK), the Lighting Industry Association (LIA) and the Design Business Association (DBA).

·         The driving force of THE DESIGN ACT is to create a coalition of design led organisations with a single powerful voice on behalf of major design organisations in the UK on one single issue – intellectual property and design law reform.

·         In 2014, after a strong campaign, ACID was successful in spear-heading a change in the law. It is now a crime to intentionally infringe a registered design punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

·         The prime objective of the Design Act is to push forward a further campaign to ensure that the intentional infringement of an unregistered design is also a crime. As the majority of UK designs rely on unregistered design rights this will add the deterrent factor that is currently missing.  This will also impact on other aspects of IP protection which are currently lacking such as 3D printing and online infringement issues, for example.

·         Prior to the formal announcement we need to establish the scale of infringement in each different sector and identify the issues that you face so that we can act from a position of evidenced based discussions.

PLEASE TAKE A FEW MOMENTS TO COMPLETE THIS SHORT QUESTIONNAIRE WHICH WILL GIVE US THE VITAL EVIDENCE AND STATISTICS WE NEED TO PROGRESS AND TAKE THE NEXT STEPS.

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* 1. Please enter the following details (if applicable) in confidence

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* 2. Please enter the following information

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* 3. Who is your MP? If not known find out here

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* 4. Have you ever discussed issues relating to your business with your MP?

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* 5. If no, would you be willing to?

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* 6. Have you discovered copies of your designs/products/other?

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* 7. Major retailers?

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* 8. Overseas

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* 9. Which country/countries?

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* 10. Online

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* 11. Which Platform/s

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* 12. If yes, estimated annual loss through design infringement 

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* 13. Where are these copies available?

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* 14. What other kinds of copying do you experience, for example, during responding to tender, competitors/manufacturers?

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* 15. Have you registered any of the designs/trade marks that have been copied?

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* 16. Do you lodge your designs with the ACID IP Databank?

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* 17. If not, would you like further information about the ACID IP Databank?

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* 18. Have you ever used legal proceedings to take action in respect of designs/products that have been copied?

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* 19. For those that have litigated please rate your satisfaction with the Court system.  Rate between 1 and 5, 5 being excellent.

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* 20. Do you think criminal sanctions should be applied to the deliberate copying of an unregistered design?

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* 21. Do you think infringement is intentional and deliberate or unintentional?

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* 22. Do you have any other comments about IP infringement?

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