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Paper Rose adds the Art Group to its portfolio

Paper Rose has acquired the intellectual property rights of The Art Group (greetings card) brand, together with the stock and certain other assets for an undisclosed sum. Contracts have been exchanged and completion of the transaction will take place at the end of September. The Art Group (Greeting

Cards) Ltd was established in July 2010 by Martin Nevin, the owner and Managing Director of Is It Art Ltd, as a basis for stabilising the business and returning it to fi nancial health. The acquisition by Paper Rose, a subsidiary of Simon Elvin, is a continuation of the development of the business. Commenting on the acquisition Jayne Myers, managing director of Paper Rose, said: “The Art Group greeting card brand is long established and well respected. It is wonderfully complimentary with the brand and product ranges of Paper Rose, and we will continue to invest in best selling product based on the sources historically used by The Art Group.” Martin Nevin, Managing Director of Is It Art, said: “Under Is It Art and Pyramid’s joint ownership of The Artgroup (greeting cards) Ltd. we have returned sales, operations and publishing functions once again to a great brand. The opportunity with Paper Rose is right for The Art Group (Greetings) next stage of growth, maximising its long term potential and protecting income for our artist roster.” The sales and distribution of The Art Group product ranges to independent

retailers in the UK will continue to be managed through Is It Art Ltd on behalf of Paper Rose. Whilst Paper Rose will assume sales and publishing functions to all other UK and International greetings card markets. The wall art side of the business will continue as normal through Pyramid

International. Pyramid continues to maintain full ownership of The Art Group wall art business and this will remain to operate separately from their sales offi ce in Leicester.

Paperclip heads back to Holland

Paperclip Cards have closed their UK offi ce base and are relocating back to the company headquarters in Holland. The Dutch company, well known for its handmade and contemporary designed greeting cards and licensed gift ranges, had an offi ces and warehouse in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire for a number of years. Many of the UK employees have now parted company with Paperclip.

Greetings Today learned there was just one employee left on the UK site this week to fi nalise the warehouse closure. A spokesperson for Paperclip, Finance Manager Gerbrand Dekker confi rmed

that there have been strategic changes within the group. The company will continue to supply their UK customer base, managing the export function from their offi ces in Holland. The company is also currently nominated for a Henry Award this year – as a

fi nalist in the category for Best Trend, Fun or Graphic Range with its ‘Mimi’ range.

Letters to the editor

Temple Island court battle Your article in Greetings Today (September) really struck a cord with my MD as we have just won the fi rst stage of our action to protect our Red Bus image. We are a small business with a niche place in the heritage and general

gift sector, despite our size we knew we had to respond when someone blatantly copied our image.

London Red Bus took action against New English Teas Limited. The court determined issues relating to the settlement which arose out of the fi rst alleged infringement by New English Teas. Action was fi rst taken after a surprise discovery at the Spring Fair 2010, of a range of teas by New English Teas showing a red bus design which we and our lawyers felt was a copy of our famous image.

New accounts manager at BrownTrout

BrownTrout, the world’s leading calendar publisher, are delighted to announce the appointment of Claire Blount as National Accounts Manager for the United Kingdom with immediate effect. Reporting to National Sales Manager, Clive Golledge, Claire will be

responsible for building and maintaining the very strong presence that BrownTrout enjoy with most of the leading calendar retailers in the UK. Claire brings a wealth of experience to her new role. She was previously in a similar role with both Jarrolds Calendars and Letts Diaries and is well known in the trade. Commenting upon this appointment, Golledge remarked, “Her experience and background in dated products will prove to be a great asset for BrownTrout’s future development. We are delighted to be able to welcome Claire to the company.”


This action was settled however a number of issues then arose as to the scope of the settlement in particular the amount of royalty to be paid. New English Teas had wanted to reduce the royalty on certain products by 66 percent as the image they had produced only featured on one item in a 3 part multi pack. Regarding the issues arising out of the settlement the court has agreed with Temple Island as to the amount of royalties New English Teas have to pay and they have been fi nally forced to pay what Temple Island say was the ‘agreed’ royalty due. After agreeing to no longer use the fi rst design New English Teas released a

re-designed tea range in late 2010 (without reference to Temple Island Collection) which again featured a red bus image that Temple Island and its legal team feel is an infringement of its copyright. As outlined above, the determination of the second image will take place in a trial set for November this year.

Lucy Laciofano, Sales Director, Temple Island Collection.

Arm yourself with a licensing strategy I thought your leader article on IP rights (September) was a good one and a timely reminder to pay attention to this issue whether you are an IP owner or a manufacturer. One point I would make is that creators can help protect their IP further by developing a licensing programme - talk about licensing is often focused on revenue but a well managed licensing strategy can help insulate IP and fi ll a vacuum. As a licensing agency we recommend our design, art and illustration clients to join ACID as we feel they provide great support. If you have commercial designs consider licensing them but in an orderly fashion - it could be a great way of protecting your assets and creating commercial value.

Ian Downes, Start Licensing Limited.

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