Manchester-based rattan furniture designer Moda Furnishings has successfully concluded its design right claim against Furniture Vault Limited and its director Mr Paul Brightman.

In March 2015, Furniture Vault copied one of Moda’s best selling designs. Anti Copying in Design (ACID) affiliate lawyer Tony Catterall of Taylors Solicitors was instructed to issue proceedings in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court.

The claim was settled on the eve of Moda’s application for an interim injunction, with Furniture Vault and Mr Brightman agreeing to settle on the terms demanded by Moda, including undertakings in lieu of an injunction, delivery up of Furniture Vault’s residual stock, payment of damages and payment of 100% of Moda’s costs.

Phil Lomax a director of Moda, said: “We are delighted by the outcome achieved by Taylors as a result of this action. It is essential that we protect the integrity of our designs and I am pleased that Taylors have achieved a more than satisfactory settlement on our behalf.”

Dids Macdonald, OBE., CEO of ACID, added: “IP Specialist Tony Catterall is a great resource for ACID members and I value his sage advice on effective ways to translate legal issues into commercial solutions in a timely manner. This is borne out of many years experience and knowledge of the sector.”

ACID member Moda Furnishings specialises in the design and manufacture of outdoor furniture sold direct from its own factory.