Smallbone Enforces Design Rights

 ACID member, Smallbone& Co (Devizes) Ltd, has successfully enforced their UK registered design and unregistered design rights in a kitchen island, part of the companies popular ‘Walnut and Silver’ kitchen.                                   

 PETER THOMPSON OF YORKSmallbone was surprised to find an advertisement in Devine magazine by Peter Thompson of York, Ltd promoting a kitchen which included an almost identical island. Smallbone takes the creation and protection of its designs extremely seriously and had obtained a UK design registration for the island. The products innovative design was also protected by UK design right. A letter before action avoided litigation and as a result, Smallbone obtained undertakings from Peter Thompson of York which included a witness statement confirming the extent of sales of the kitchen island in issue plus payment of its costs.

 

Peter Thompson Version

 8453_SMALL_01_HR_RT4 - KnightsbridgeCPCommented Sally Wilkinson, Managing Director of Smallbone of Devizes, “We spend a significant amount of time creating our kitchen designs and the signature pieces of furniture within each kitchen design. We protect our designs through registered design protection and also enforce our unregistered rights. As a result, we are not prepared to allow others to take advantage of our novel designs and, as in this case, we took immediate action”.

Adds Dids Macdonald, CEO, ACID, ” Smallbone of Devizes are highly influential market leaders and their anti-copying strategy is a great model for any manufacturer committed to innovative, original design. Like Smallbone, we encourage all our members to send a clear message out to market that plagiarism will not be tolerated”.

 

Smallbone Knightsbridge Kitchen

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