Arden design

Furnishings manufacturer Belfield Furnishings Group has won a copyright battle for an infringement of copyright of its Arden design.

Blackburn-based commercial law firm Taylors has helped Belfield with the case against Avi Weisz of AWC Consultancies, which has now been settled.

Derbyshire-based Belfield had threatened infringement proceedings against both AWC and Mr Weisz for importing, selling and offering for sale their design Mulberry. The claim was settled after an agreement from AWC and Mr Weisz not to import or sell any further quantities of the infringing design and to hand over remaining stock to Belfield

In addition, AWC has to pay profits and costs caused by the violation and publish an apology in the trade press, which will bring the breach to the attention of the rest of the furnishings trade.

Belfield was represented by Tony Catterall of Taylors Solicitors and an affiliate lawyer with Anti Copying In Design (ACID).

Rob Stone of Belfield Furnishings said: “We are very happy with the outcome achieved by Taylors on the Company’s behalf.

“As one of Europe’s largest and most successful manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors of upholstered furniture, soft furnishings, curtains and accessories, caravan interiors and beds we invest heavily in product design. We can only protect that investment and our reputation by taking action when our intellectual property rights are infringed. I am delighted that Taylors have secured a satisfactory settlement for us.”

Tony Catterall of Taylors said: “I am very pleased to have secured a rapid and worthwhile settlement of this infringement claim. The dispute was brought to a conclusion without the delay and expense of a trial and is further evidence that it is possible to nip infringements in the bud at reasonable cost.

“We hope that trade press interest in the outcome should put potential infringers on notice that the Belfield Group will not stand by and have its intellectual property rights abused by infringers.”