VALUE MARK SETTLES ALLEGED DESIGN INFRINGEMENT

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Left and right – examples of Paul Stott’s Nexus range

Despite denying any infringement of iconic furniture designer Paul Stott’s designs, Value Mark Furniture based in Scotland have reached a settlement following the issuing of proceedings by Paul Stott and Aster Furniture Limited, The contents of the settlement remain confidential.

ACID (Anti Copying in Design) member Paul Stott designed a range of furniture called Nexus for a client, Aster Furniture. However, Paul discovered that an almost identical range was being sold by a company in Northern Ireland, MCW Distribution Limited. After contacting IP Accredited lawyer Niall Head Rapson of McDaniel & Co, a letter before action was sent to MCW who quickly informed him that the goods were supplied though Value Mark Furniture in Scotland and were ultimately sourced from China from an organisation known as Grand Classic Limited. Following the settlement, designer Paul Stott said, ‘Good design does not happen by accident. Successful product development requires the balancing of many important factors, that is why we protect what we create’.

Dids Macdonald, ACID’s CEO said, ‘Often we find that infringement emanates from some companies instructing Chinese manufacturers to produce look alikes for which they do not own the intellectual property rights. Increasingly designers are becoming much more IP savvy and determined to fight their corner’.

PAUL STOTT

Paul Stott Design offers a complete design and development service from concept to commercial reality in the manufacturing and retail sectors. They apply their expertise and knowledge of market trends, materials and manufacturing techniques to their product designs, achieving both commercial and award winning design success. Visit the Paul Stott Website


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