As we celebrated World IP Day 2021 recently ACID launched a nationwide True or False competition as part of its campaigning mission to press for design law reform. Will you take part in a True or False competition? It will only take a minute! Thank you.
Contributing to this survey will provide us with some valuable information/statistics we can use in our continuing campaign to seek better design laws, better enforcement and press for IP parity for designers with copyright creators. For example, why should a song writer, author or artist have stronger intellectual property rights than a furniture or lighting designer?
Copyright creators benefit from protection for life plus 70 years, designers considerably less. Currently, designers who rely on unregistered design rights do not benefit from criminal sanctions against the worst offenders, copyright creators do. Now that we have emerged post-Brexit, UK designers are at a disadvantage with the loss of automatic protection in EU27. Seeking Government clarity on simultaneous publication between the UK and EU is a priority.
The competition is not positioned as a right or wrong answer but merely to establish a level of understanding about IP, design and current laws/information.
There is a £250 voucher for the winner and two £50 vouchers for the runners up which will be picked at random. The winner will be invited to a parliamentary reception at Westminster on 29th June 2021.
Closing date is 10 June.