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and creation date of each piece. That way you have the evidence to back up any claim should you need to.”


Kelly Hudson, solicitor for McDaniel & Co, recommends that, if you do find yourself in the position of Rachael Taylor or Jan Constantine, you


immediately in order to assess the level of infringement that has taken place and make sure your rights are protected and enforced by the best possible means”.


Here are Dids McDonald’s top tips and advice for designers: • Be IP ‘savvy’. Learn about Intellectual Property and the rights that protect you and your designs.


• If you do not want to be copied, say so! There’s no better place than on your website,


“All intellectual


property rights in our designs are and will remain the property of (insert your name). Any infringements will be taken seriously”. Better still, join ACID and display their logo. It does


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what it says on the tin, 24 hours a day!


“contact a legal advisor


• Keep a record or audit trail from the seed of an idea to finished design - the ACID Design Data Bank is good for this. Create signed and dated drawings at key stages of development.


• Have the right sort of agreements in place to formalise your relationships with third parties. It will save a lot of time if there are queries about IP ownership later on. For example, what happens if you have co- designed something with another designer and subsequently parted ways, or who owns the copyright to the photography of your new designs – you or the photographer?


• Register your designs and trade mark if you can afford it.


• If you are sending designs to a 3rd party, use the ACID IP Tracker.


If you do find that you have to take


legal action, choose your battles carefully. Do not forget that, as of October 1st, 2012, there is a small claims track for IP claims under £5000 (another ACID Lobby objective).


For more information, please visit www.justice.org.uk Above all, keep designing and be proud of the tradable IP you create through your talents!


For more information and to sign up for the ‘Commission it, Don’t Copy it Campaign’, please visit: www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/ high-street-retailers-support-the- acid-commission-it-don-t-copy-it- campaign


Images courtesy of Rachael Taylor www.rachaeltaylordesigns.co.uk and www.acid.uk.com


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