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ACID (Anti Copying In Design) is a membership trade organsiation and action group created to combat the growing threats of plagiarism in the design and creative industries.

Membership fees are based on the annual turnover of your business, and a free legal advice and a design registration service is offered to ACID members. ACID recently won a landmark copyright case on behalf of Nouveau Fabrics, a Yorkshire-based design and upholstery firm.

Artlaw Archive

Online archive of Art Monthly magazine’s renowned column on art law, with numerous features on IP. The site also offers legal information and listings with particular relevance for visual artists, craftspeople and photographers.


Artquest is a comprehensive advice and information service for London's professional visual artists and craftspeople.

As well as information to cover all aspects of an artist / craftsperson's career (including studios, deadlines dates, materials, articles on getting an exhibition and becoming self-employed), the site has a dedicated section on IP issues and lists law firms and legal advisors. Certain listings are also relevant to photographers. 

Brand Licensing trade fair

Europe’s largest brand licensing trade fair is held annually in London.
The site offers numerous links to exhibitors, allowing a snapshot of the licensing industry and multibillion pound global market for licensing artwork, illustrations, animated & other types of characters, movie-based licensing, products, photographs, brand extensions etc.

British Inventors Society

The British Inventors Society (BIS) was formed in December 2003. The team that came together includes leading inventors and innovators, academics and entrepreneurs who share a common belief – that invention is the vital spark that drives the world’s technology and new orders of wealth creation.


Centa Business Services is a not for profit business support organisation. Centa has over 21 years' experience in providing impartial advice and hands on support to small businesses; from securing finance, to mentoring, training, innovating and developing ideas.

Design Council

The Design Council demonstrates and promotes the role of design in the UK via campaigns, research and development and a range of support services.

The easy-to-use website contains a comprehensive section on intellectual property, as well as case studies and lots of useful information about all aspects of design and the design process, written from a variety of perspectives.

Design Trust

The Design Trust, a registered charity, promotes the excellence of British design and helps designers with business training after they leave college.

Ideas 21

Of particular interest for inventors and product/industrial designers, Ideas21 is network devoted to invention and innovation, and is supported by government, industry and private organisations.

Its mission is to inform and educate its members on all areas relating to the successful progression from idea to commercialisation.


Helping Inventors: From patent protection, design and development, concept visualisation for presentation, prototyping and marketing know-how, Innovate help individuals to get their ideas off the ground.

Inspired Recycling

Provides tailored assistance for designers, inventors & entrepreneurs wanting to design and manufacture products from recycled materials.

London Metropolitan University

The Innovation & Enterprise Unit at London Metropolitan University provides an extensive portfolio of short courses and professional development programmes to meet the training and education needs of the business community.

 The website also includes information on intellectual property rights. There is also a department called Furniture Works, who provide professional facilities, services and courses for designers and manufacturers of furniture and related products.

Mazorca Projects

Promotes and supports designer-makers enabling them to develop from sole traders into small businesses and beyond. Trading arm of the not-for-profit project Hidden art.


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