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Monday, 3 November 2003

KOOL KARMA DESIGNER SEEKS OUT-OF-BODY SHOP RELIEF

According to today’s Daily Telegraph Peter Wylly, an award-winning designer, is suing The Body Shop for infringement of one of his product designs. The Body Shop, he alleged, copied his distinctive “Kool Karma” incense burner without his permission. The incense burner, designed in 1998, had the appearance of a 1950s abstract sculpture; its circular shape enables oil to be heated over a tea-light candle. Wylly sold 100,000 of the burners to The Body Shop in 1999 before the retailer stopped placing orders, telling him that the product was not selling. But this summer he noticed that The Body Shop was selling a scaled-down version of his design, made in Taiwan. The Body Shop told him that the smaller product, the Circle of Life Aroma Jar, had been one of their top sellers over the past two years. It was still on sale last month, priced £10. Accepting liability for infringement, The Body Shop offered to pay Wylly 35p for every jar sold outside the United States and Mexico. Wylly, represented by Beachcroft Wansbroughs solicitor Robin Fry, is asking the Patents Court to order the company to give an account of the profits it has made from selling the item.

The IPKat notes that design right infringement has suddenly become the flavour of the month in the UK (see also “First Community Design Action Ends in Win for Mattel”, posted on IPKat yesterday).

More on Karma here, here and here
Click here for No Karma, Bad Karma, Sweet Karma and Club Karma
Circle of Life concepts here, here and here


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