ACID (Anti Copying In Design)
ACID (Anti Copying In Design) is a membership trade organisation, set up as a round table action group in 1996, by designers for designers – now a hard-hitting "not for profit" trade organisation created to combat the growing threats of plagiarism in the design and creative industries.
By helping its members to understand and protect their rights, ACID is intent on stamping out intellectual property rights abuse. ACID provides an accessible, practical framework for those who believe that their IP rights have been infringed.
The powerful ACID logo is an internationally recognised symbol of deterrence and design protection - helping to protect our members from the potentially devastating financial damage inflicted by intellectual property infringement. 1000's are licensed through membership to use the ACID logo to communicate their strict anti copying policy.
ACID has a broad, influential membership base: textile designers & manufacturers, jewellers, furniture manufacturers, giftware designers, architects, fashion designers, interior accessory producers, graphic designers… over 1,000+ member companies - with one shared voice.
To date there have been nearly 400 settlements with over £3 million recovered in costs and damages and ACID has managed 2000+ mediations at grass roots. Less than 30% required further legal intervention.
ACID membership offers multiple benefits – from design protection to maximising commercial and trading relationships – through education and exploitation of intellectual property rights.
Knowledge of IP rights is a key strength providing a sound preventative and deterrent strategy against design theft. ACID has a formidable track record of successful settlements against IP theft.
Visit the ACID website for more information.