BHS SETTLES DESIGN DISPUTE WITH PORTA ROMANA

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Porta Romana Original

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BHS Lamp

Despite BHS denying infringement of ACID members Porta Romana’s lamp bases, the high street retailer and Porta Romana have negotiated a settlement. BHS have been allowed to sell off their remaining stock and have undertaken to withdraw the product and give a commitment not to have further look alike lamp bases produced.ACID (Anti Copying in Design) member, Porta Romana are leaders in the field as glassware table lamp designers, supplying to the very top end of interior design worldwide. Naturally, they were shocked to discover remarkably similar looking lamp bases to their award winning distinctive bronze and nickel designs in BHS stores in June 2007. Porta Romana immediately called the ACID specialist IP helpline and spoke to Niall Head Rapson of ACID Accredited law firm McDaniel & Co who confirmed that he believed there was an alleged infringement of their design right. Niall wrote to BHS who removed the look alike products and, after a period of negotiation settled the dispute.

Andrew Hills of Porta Romana said following the settlement, “We invest so much into the design of our products which all have distinctive character and we will not hesitate to take similar action in the future if we feel that our design equity is being eroded.”

Dids Macdonald, ACID’s CEO said, “Fortunately companies like Porta Romana always keep a compelling design audit trail to be able to substantiate their design ownership. All of their new designs are logged in the ACID Design Data Bank, a free service to members”.

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