Amend IP Law to protect designers against counterfeit designs + abolish Trademarking Fees.

Amend IP Law to protect designers against counterfeit designs + abolish Trademarking Fees.

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Moon Child started this petition to UK Government and Parliament

As a designer, it is very scary to put your work out there. Will people like what I do? Will they get what I'm about? Or the worst; Will my ideas be stolen?

In late 2019 a large brand copied, traced and produced counterfeit goods of our design. This design was the first thing that we designed for our little brand; it told the tale of the reasons behind the brand and set the tone of our whole brand aesthetic. This is why it was so special to us. To see that a big brand had knowingly stolen this design, was utterly heart breaking. We felt violated and hopeless. We paid for this design to be trademarked and so we thought this would be enough to protect us. We sadly later found out that this was incorrect.

We tried for weeks to contact this company via Email, Chats, and all of their social channels. It was clear that they weren't going to respond to us, and had no intention of sorting the issue. After a whole year of legal letters, emotional strain, and time spent fighting this; the designs were still for sale on the company's website and they had no intention of removing them. The website host of the company have finally removed the designs from their website. Our issue is now sorted, but this will happen again, we are sure. Since going public about this issue, we have been contacted by so many designers and small shops with similar stories. These designers are afraid to speak out, in fear of a backlash or slander accusations from the IP thieves. We cannot let this continue!

Coincidences and similarities in design work happen, and they can happen subconsciously. However there is a line, and directly copying a designer is wrong.

Did you know that designers have to pay £50 to trademark each individual design that they have? And that IP theft isn't covered by the police? If someone steals and produces counterfeit copies of your designs, it is up to YOU as an individual to cough up for a lawyer, and cover the cost for legal proceedings. So regardless if you pay the trademarking fee, you are still not 100% protected unless you have the revenue to pay for legal fees which can cost tens of thousands of pounds. Designers who are facing these battles either have to let the big brands get away with it, or face going bankrupt to fight the IP thieves. This is unjust, unfair, and it needs to stop.

If someone steals your car they would be facing prison time and a criminal record, so why is this not the same for Intellectual Property Thieves?

Big will always win against small, if the system stays the way it is. We need real change. We need protection against these thieves.

We believe that trademarking your design should be a right, not a privilege. We want trademarking fees abolished, and for some sort of policing to be put in place for IP theft.

Us creatives, and our supporters have to stick together. We cannot continue living in fear that our work will be copied and that big brands will get away with it. 

Imitation is NOT the best form of flattery. Admiring and supporting the original is! Be original, and let your authenticity shine through.

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