The prime minister has delivered her speech on Brexit – although the tone aimed to be positive, some outcomes for designers still look bleak. We look at what her plan means for creative businesses.
The Design Week Awards is back with a bunch of new awards alongside old favourites to recognise the growing breadth and integration of the industry. It’s time to get entering.
The Finnish tech company has accused Apple of copying 32 of its patented technologies, including design features such as user interfaces and displays.
Organisation Anti-Copying in Design (ACID) has urged Government to create new laws which will better protect designers’ work once the UK loses access to EU laws.
The Unified Patent Court Agreement would mean UK designers who hold a patent are still able to protect their work from being illegally copied by companies in other countries.
British American Tobacco (BAT) and others appealed Parliament’s decision to remove individual designs from cigarette packets in May, but have lost their case.
A change to copyright law means that fake versions of classic design icons such as Ray and Charles Eames’ chairs will stop being sold from January 2017 onwards.
Last week, Los Angeles-based illustrator Tuesday Bassen accused clothes retail giant Zara of copying her illustrations without permission. Design Week columnist Ben Tallon speaks about the dangers for independent artists and the difficulties of protecting your work.
The UK public has voted for Leave in the EU referendum, with a 52% majority – we summarise what this could spell for the design industry.
A change to the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act will mean that designers’ work will be protected for 70 years after they die – as long as their designs qualify as being Works of Artistic Craftsmanship.
The EU Court of Justice has upheld a law to remove unique brand design from cigarette packets, rejecting a challenge from tobacco giants including British Imperial Tobacco and Philip Morris International to stop it.
The kids’ ride-on luggage brand Trunki has lost its appeal that similar brand Kiddee had copied the product, on the basis that design rights are “intended to protect designs not ideas”.
Four major tobacco companies, including British American Tobacco and Imperial Tobacco, are challenging the government’s proposal to introduce generic “dull brown” cigarette packaging with a week-long court hearing.
Samsung warns that its 2012 legal defeat in a copying case against Apple could lead to a raise in “patent trolling”.
Designers should make logo ownership clear when writing up contracts with clients, intellectual property experts have advised following a recent court case.
Government is looking to introduce a scheme that would allow designers to “virtually mark” their creations to legally protect them.
With the House of Commons voting in favour of unbranded cigarette packaging, the companies say their brands will be compromised and that the legislation is an infringement of their intellectual property rights.
The Government has created the IP toolkit so that small businesses can understand the value of their intellectual property, present it to lenders and monetise it.
The new regulations will protect companies against threats designed to intimidate or for unfair advantage, but not when an actual incident of IP infringement has occurred.
Changes to copyright law in the UK could have a “significant benefical impact on designers” according to an intellectual property expert.