Anti Copying In Design (ACID) has been nominated as the first ever UK IP Champion.

Receiving the award at the first Alliance for Intellectual Property British IP Day held on the Terrace Pavilion at Westminster on 5 July 2016, the award recognises a person, organisation or campaign that has shown excellence in the promotion or protection of IP.

Dids Macdonald OBE., CEO of Anti Copying in Design (ACID) said: “This is not only a proud moment but a huge opportunity to salute the UK’s amazing designers who have a global reputation for excellence and punch well above their weight, a sector growing at over 10% per year.

“Our 12 year campaign, now enshrined in law, means that the intentional infringement of a registered design is now a crime and this is a significant step forward. We’re now even more determined to carry on until all design theft has criminal provisions to act as a real deterrent.

“Post Brexit we have a unique opportunity to update UK unregistered design rights giving UK designers a positive advantage after we leave the EU. Generally, the Alliance for IP will seek all opportunities to work collaboratively with Government in future IP negotiations.”

Nick Kounoupias, ACID’s chief legal counsel and CEO of Kounoupias IP, added: “It is a massive honour for ACID to be awarded the Alliance for IP Champion of IP Award and I am very proud to have been involved with Dids Macdonald and her team in changing the law to their benefit. With so many deserving organisations in the IP world this is a fantastic recognition of the significance and importance of designers to the UK economy and creative environment.”