Anti Copying in Design, (ACID), an organisation committed to protecting intellectual property rights, is joining forces with the British Furniture Confederation (BFC), the furniture industry’s political lobbying group, as an associate member.

Martin Jourdan, chairman of the BFC said: “We are delighted to welcome ACID as an associate member of the BFC. Encouraging good design and protecting intellectual property rights are key elements of our five year Strategy Plan and close links with ACID will mean that we can double our knowledge and effectiveness in this area.”

The five-year plan, which you can read more about here, states the group’s commitment to supporting improvements in UK design rights legislation and intellectual property, improving global design protection and ensuring that the Government and its agencies do not fall into the trap of purchasing design copies from less scrupulous suppliers. In addition to this the BFC wants to ensure that UK design is promoted both at home and overseas.

ACID’s CEO Dids Macdonald said: “ACID has always enjoyed very strong ties with all sectors associated with the British furniture industry. I see this as an excellent opportunity to raise further awareness about the key role which intellectual property plays in contributing to growth in the UK economy. Having the BFC’s support is timely, coinciding with the current Hargreaves review of intellectual property commissioned by David Cameron, and will strengthen the arguments for improving design law”.

More than 1,000 companies, including many furniture manufacturers and designers, are members of ACID, which is committed to raising awareness and encouraging respect for intellectual property. The ACID logo is recognised as a strong symbol of deterrence. ACID accredited law firms have recovered over £3million in costs and damages in nearly 450 settlements for members and managed over 2,000 mediations, less than 30% of which have required further legal intervention. You can read more about the organisation and its work here.

The BFC was set up by the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers (WCFM) to bring together furniture industry trade associations and membership bodies - including the British Contract Furnishing Association (BCFA), the National Bed Federation (NBF), the Furniture Industry Research Association (FIRA), the Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers (AMUSF) and the industry training agency, ProSkills - with the principle aim of engaging with government at all levels regarding matters of concern within the furniture, bed and furnishing industry. More at its website.