As an ACID Accredited Exhibit Organiser, ITE Group is committed to ensuring respect for the intellectual property of all its exhibitors. We are delighted to confirm that ACID will be present to support all exhibitors at Autumn Fair for help and advice. Exhibitions provide a unique opportunity to showcase new products and designs, so taking a few steps to ensure you protect any new designs will pay dividends.
To help you prepare, take a look at the following ACID (Anti Copying in Design) exhibition tips. The ACID team have a dedicated specialist legal hotline to support all exhibitors for help and advice on intellectual property issues. In the unlikely event you discover any alleged copying, visit your Hall Manager. Monday to Thursday you can also call the ACID Legal Hotline 0845 644 3617.
HAVE A NO PHOTOGRAPHY POLICY!
Remember with phone cameras, your designs can be sent across the world in seconds and could be mass-produced before you even pack up your stand! All exhibitors at Spring Fair are given an ACID No Photography sign in their exhibitor’s packs, don’t forget to display this!
ACID STAND SIGN/CERTIFICATE
If you are a member of ACID these have been created specifically to ensure all visitors to your stand know you that you are a member of ACID
Ensure you have documentation to prove you own the Intellectual Property (IP) rights or have a licence to market the goods that appear on your stand.
Make sure that this information is easily accessible. In any dispute the onus is on the complainant to provide evidence of ownership, originality and date of creation.
IF YOU HAVE NOT REGISTERED YOUR NEW DESIGNS
If you have not registered your new designs: Don't forget the ACID Design Databank is there for ACID members to support their designs - independent evidence to support your unregistered rights. www.acid.uk.com
DIFFICULT TO TAKE ACTION
It's very difficult to take action at an exhibition if there is no design audit trail or evidence to support registered/unregistered designs. Bring Registration documents and proof of ownership with you!
IF YOU ARE AN ACID MEMBER
Ensure your designs are secured on the ACID Design Databank which supports and protects. You can also market your designs on ACID Marketplace which promotes and tracks design buyer viewings.
If you discover an alleged copy of your product, contact ACID first. Tempting though it is, don’t confront another exhibitor. Emotions can run high and any mediation/action needs to be steered with legal expertise.
Originality underpins Autumn Fair’s credentials as an exclusive exhibition, dedicated to representing only the very best and latest merchandise available.
Keep your originals safe!