This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.
went wrong. We believe we have stuck to our original objectives and now, through ACID Lobby, our voice is being heard in legislative quarters. ACID is a voice which represents the plight of many lone, micro and small businesses that are at the behest of some much larger organisations who believe they can ride rough shod over SMEs (small and medium enterprises).


sufficient enough that they could have commissioned us to produce designs for them and pay us a royalty. I got tired of taking my eye off the ball of our business and having to keep taking expensive legal action.


I got together with some competitors who I knew. At that time, we had a part share of a showroom in Chelsea Harbour. Twelve of us sat around table and said, “What can we do about copying, it’s getting worse?”


I worked on ACID for two or three years on a voluntary basis, as did


38 | ukhandmade | Autumn 2012


the others, and then we formalised the organisation. From modest beginnings with volunteers all those years ago, here we are in 2012 with over 1000 member companies who have joined ACID. I have a fantastic team of 5 supported by ACID Accredited lawyers who give a lot of initial


IP (Intellectual Property)


specialist advice through our IP hotline.


Our objectives were clear from the outset – education and awareness about IP issues; prevention, deterrence and support if things


Government is listening and together with the power of social media, the tide is turning and our collective voice is being heard… also, by the perpetrators.


There have been several cases of High Street stores copying designer’s work and using it as their own. Most recently, Rachael Taylor discovered that her original design for a tea towel had been used on a fashion garment in Marks & Spencer’s stores. Rachael was unaware until she received a call from a colleague to congratulate her and subsequently, is still in ‘talks’ with Marks & Spencer.


Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76  |  Page 77  |  Page 78  |  Page 79  |  Page 80  |  Page 81  |  Page 82  |  Page 83  |  Page 84  |  Page 85  |  Page 86  |  Page 87  |  Page 88  |  Page 89  |  Page 90  |  Page 91  |  Page 92  |  Page 93  |  Page 94  |  Page 95  |  Page 96  |  Page 97  |  Page 98  |  Page 99  |  Page 100  |  Page 101  |  Page 102  |  Page 103  |  Page 104