The Chartered Society of Designers is to represent the UK design industry at meetings of the World Intellectual Property Organisation.
The CSD will join a line-up of international design organisations at WIPO formal meetings, held regularly at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The WIPO seeks to consult with international organisations on intellectual property legislation.
The International Council of Graphic Design Associations, based in Canada, and its sister organisation, the International Council of Societies of Industrial Designers, will be in attendance, as will the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers, based in Singapore.
CSD chief executive Frank Peters says that his organisation will, ‘play an active role… advocating the protection of intellectual property and directly representing the interests of its members’.
Anti Copying in Design chief executive Dids Macdonald says, ‘This is a good move and will put design at the top table, shaping the UK’s intellectual property law. Hopefully the CSD will be supporting Acid’s lobbying initiatives, addressing the disparity between copyright and design right.’