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ACID (Anti Copying in Design) member Sarah Hendry is celebrating a success in the Patents County Court after HHJ Birss QC gave judgment in her favour against American company Falcon Collectible Miniatures, who Sarah alleged had copied five of her 1/12th scale miniature sculptures.

This case was also of note in that a witness statement from ACID CEO Dids Macdonald was part of the evidence which confirmed Sarah had filed her designs with the ACID data bank on the dates she had alleged which helped support the alleged date of creation of her animals.

Renowned and highly regarded as a sculptor for her work in producing miniatures, which are typically bought as collector’s items and used in dolls houses, Sarah Hendry has been a member of ACID since 2002. Sarah discovered that Falcon was displaying copies of her work at the Miniatura trade show at the end of 2007. Sarah contacted ACID accredited lawyers McDaniel & Co who wrote a Cease and Desist letter to Falcon who would not cease their activities and therefore Sarah commenced proceedings.

Sarah’s miniature animals are each individually hand sculpted and the creation of a new animal can take up to 2 months working 6 hours a day to perfect.  It is a time consuming process which takes a great deal of skill and labour and as Falcon were having cheap copies made in Thailand and selling these at a greatly reduced price to Sarah’s, the effect on her business was very damaging.

The Action eventually reached Trial in June 2011 and HHJ Birss entered judgment in Sarah’s favour which included a declaration that the copyright in her works had been infringed, an injunction to prevent Falcon carrying out the acts complained of in the UK and a costs award in her favour.

Andrew Lee of McDaniel & Co, who acted for Sarah, commented,  “Sarah Hendry spends a great deal of time and effort creating her works and therefore it was imperative that she took action to protect her rights. She is a ‘one man band’ and therefore finding the money to fight this case was testing. However, to allow such infringement to go unchallenged would undermine her business and make the creative effort she employs pointless.”

Dids Macdonald ACID’s CEO said, “This is a great result for Sarah and shows that small individual designers can take Action when their rights have been infringed. Let’s hope it sends a very clear message out to companies like Falcon who think they can free ride on others craftsmanship and creativity without being challenged. We are hoping that following the recent Hargreaves Review and ACID’s compelling submission, Government will introduce a Fast Track IP Small Claims Court so that micro businesses like Sarah’s will have easier access to cost and time effective IP resolution. Hopefully, time is running out for those that think they can hide behind deep legal pockets”.

ACID media partner, Trendease International has been asked by the event MoOD (Meet only Original Designs, formerly known as Decosit) to suggest some materials for the innovation platform.  We will be recommending interesting innovative fabrics/materials which could be used in interior decoration (upholstery, wall, window coverings).

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Best of luck to you all!

The Trendease Team

The Alliance Against IP Theft is a unique coalition of trade and enforcement organisations, providing a single voice for those who share an interest in preventing intellectual property theft in the UK.

Image of Dids MacdonaldOn her appointment Macdonald said, “There has never been a more important time, in The Alliance’s impressive history, to play a key role in its future and particularly now that its resonance is being heard loudly and clearly across the entire IP landscape. I look forward to representing the issues and interests of all the Alliance’s members, who are varied and diverse, but unified in the recognition of IP as a positive force for the UK’s growth strategy.

Whilst we await Government’s response following the Hargreaves’ Intellectual Property Review recommendations, it is timely that design has finally been acknowledged as a key contributor to the UK economy. Latest figures confirm that UK businesses as a whole invest £65 billion in IP creation of which £23 billion is spent specifically on design. The tide cannot change too soon to see tangible evidence from Government that the creative and knowledge economies will provide that vital conduit providing growth and employment.”

Alliance Against IP Theft LogoOutgoing Vice-Chair ACG Director General Ruth Orchard said, “The Anti-Counterfeiting Group will of course continue to be an active member of the Alliance and I look forward to supporting Dids as she picks up the challenge! I know that, for her part, she will ensure that the interests of all Alliance members continue to be well-represented; not least those of brand owners in their continuing fight against the global threat of counterfeiting.”

Over the last decade ACID has been a prime mover and champion in raising awareness about issues on behalf of the UK’s designers. A key recommendation from the Hargreaves Review is that there should be a significant improvement in the role of IP in supporting this important branch of the creative economy.

ACID Accredited Exhibition Organiser logoAccredited Spring & Autumn Fair show organisers emap support ACID IP Steering Group initiative

Following the exciting news that emap’s IP policy is now going to be ramped up after meetings with ACID’s Dids Macdonald on behalf of the Spring & Autumn Fair IP Steering Group, a new layer of Intellectual property (IP) focus is being included in a confirmation letter to all exhibitors when they sign up to either exhibition, that they have responsibility to adhere to ALL emap’s Terms and Conditions. The letter, as well as outlining what evidence will be required to prove IP ownership, will be reminding exhibitors to confirm:

•    They own the intellectual property rights or have the right to market and sell the products on their stand
•    They do not infringe the intellectual property rights of a third party
•    Their products will not be inaccurate, obscene, defamatory or disreputable
•    ‘The Exhibition Organiser’ reserves the right to remove products from stands if it believes they are infringing those of a third party

emap logoWe hope other exhibition organisers will follow the ACID IP Steering Group recommendations to ensure a safer trading environment for exhibitors and to create a stronger message, to those who do not adhere to stringent standards of IP probity, that they will run the risk of their products being removed.

Mike McLintock of 95Percent Ltd who was a prime contributor in one of the emap/ACID meetings said, “Most media has full IP protection so it is outrageous the same is not true of the design industry. Our frustration at being unable to remove a clear copy at the last Spring Fair convinced us to challenge emap to join us in ensuring those that insist on copying pay a high penalty.”

IP Steering Group member, Angus Gardner, on behalf of Caroline Gardner Publishing Ltd. said, “It is a great first step that emap has taken this decision to highlight to companies that they have these obligations with regard to IP integrity.  It would be good to get a similar commitment from them that all the visitors to their shows have similar intent.”

ACID’s CEO Dids Macdonald added, “The exhibition industry is worth big bucks. In the UK it is worth £9.3 billion which is no great surprise because exhibitions and trade fairs are still the most important venues and launch pads for marketing and testing new products and ranges. If exhibition organisers like emap are encouraging innovation as a key market differentiator, there is an onus to communicate a zero tolerance of IP theft to both exhibitors and visitors. Following meetings held over the past 18 months and the submission of draft documents, I am delighted that emap are tangibly supporting the creative industries with a new, revised IP focus. Having worked positively with Spring & Autumn Fairs over the last decade, providing support with the ACID Exhibition Protocol for complaint handling, this is a real USP for all existing and potential exhibitors to their exhibitions.”