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Tuesday, 23 September 2003

LAURA ASHLEY FAILS ACID TEST

London-based design trade association ACID (Anti Copying in Design) has reportedly helped design house Designer 12 (trading as Kandola Silks) secure nearly £50,000 in damages and costs against clothes and fabric retailers Laura Ashley for selling a cushion featuring a fabric which was “virtually identical” to a fabric of its own design. Once famed for its distinctive floral patterns, Laura Ashley has since fallen on hard times. The company did not admit to the infringement. ACID members currently enjoy the support of solicitors Addleshaw Goddard, whose London address they share.

The IPKat notes ACID’s achievement. Founded in 1996, ACID has carved a niche for itself in the protection of designers’ IP rights. Relatively few design infringement cases are fought in the UK and designers’ rights are often regarded as the poor relation of patents and trade marks. But ACID’s lobbying, monitoring and litigation support gives design right owners the confident belief that rights in designs are worth having after all.

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