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GET YOUR IP TAPED!

Imagine unwittingly sending your precious original designs to an interested retail buyer who may not have the same regard for your design ownership as you do. Then imagine doing this with no IP protection.  Handing over your creativity and original work to a buyer without ensuring there is an audit trail or adequate protection does not make commercial sense.  Although most retail buyers have integrity, we do hear of some ACID members who have fallen foul of the buying process.  So how do you protect yourself?

When you buy a computer programme you are automatically asked to enter into a licence agreement – and it’s just the same when you use ACID license parcel tape. The tape works in conjunction with the reusable ACID License Tape Agreement. The recipient is warned by the wording on the tape not to open the parcel, unless they agree to be bound by the terms of the license agreement (which is attached to the outside of the pack). By breaking the seal the recipient accepts the terms of the licence, which prevent the recipient from making use of the designs without the sender’s prior consent. For further details visit www.acidtrading.eu.com

USE YOUR LOAF – USE THE LOGO!  NEW LOGO NOW AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD

The powerful ACID brand is your brand of deterrence.  All ACID members are licensed to use the logo and are encouraged to use it on their marketing materials, websites, product packaging and stationery.  To alert everyone that ACID is a registered trade mark the new ACID logo incorporates the ‘registered’ mark ®. Download this from the Members Area of the ACID Website.

Additionally, stand out from the crowd by using the logo as a benchmark to show that you produce original design.  Only design originators, companies with in house design teams, or those that license original designs can become ACID Members – so make a statement, use the logo.

ACID DESIGN DATABANK – DON’T DELAY!

Are you relying on unregistered rights?  If you create original designs but do not officially register them (with a registration body such as UKIPO or OHIM)  then you may well be!  To   rely on unregistered rights you need to prove ownership of your design and the date of origination.  By sending your designs to the ACID Design Databank, ACID can act as an independent third party who can verify your design audit trail.  To download the Design Databank Form and ACID logo, visit the Members Area of the website www.acid.uk.com or e-mail info@acid.uk.com

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