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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.

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 Design Initiative

Membership-based trade organisation for companies and freelancers across all design disciplines. The site is aimed as an information resource for designers, and also a guide and 'introduction service' for those commissioning design professionals.

The BDI offer guidelines, practical briefing and evaluation templates, and IP information created to bring a greater degree of professionalism and clarity to client/designer relationships, chiefly by making it clear what the foundations are for specific business relationships, and who should expect what from whom.

The BDI is currently extending its links with a range of sector-focused trade associations.

If you are not a design agency and not a member of the BDI, you may subscribe to their Professional Pitch and IPR documentation for a £300 license fee.

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.

Creative People

CreativePeople is a national network providing information, advice and guidance to support all those who work in arts and craft industries in making the most of their careers. New knowledge and skills can greatly enhance your ability to earn a living.

The CreativePeople network offers you a wealth of information on resources and events: workshops, conferences, courses, mentoring schemes, critical appraisal services and online toolkits.

Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS)

Advice from DACS is to members only (currently costing £25 for lifetime membership). DACS also collects and distributes royalties and licenses copyright under the direction of the artist/designer who is a member, and has agreements with other artists/designers copyright organisations worldwide to protect the copyright of artists and designers in international territories.

DACS is a not for profit organisastion.

More information on copyright-related issues can be found in the DACS Fact Pack. To obtain copies phone the Membership Enquiries Line on 020 7553 9050.

This information has been provided by our partner, Artquest.

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.

Duly Noted

Duly noted is a brand new online Copyright Registration and back-up service, providing protection for creative works and their authors. Secure, affordable and easy worldwide copyright registration, plus a back-up service for subscribers to securely hold their valuable creative works.

Using the latest in fingerprint technology, Duly noted can ensure that once a work is registered with them, not only is it safely secured, but it cannot be tampered with; so in the case of an infringement case being brought, Duly noted can guarantee the authenticity and date of when the work was registered.

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.


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