Posted by Louise Prance on 7 February 2023
ACID has announced CEO Dids Macdonald has won the legal category in the UK Enterprise Nation Awards 2022.
According to ACID: "It is a fantastic outcome for ACID and all designers as it further amplifies our combined voices for the importance of IP design law reform.
"Dids has worked tirelessly over the last 25 years to raise awareness for issues within the landscape of intellectual property (IP) and the design industry. Her unique view of how IP works (and does not work) originates from her experience of being a designer. She understands and can personally empathise with designers and creatives. She knows how it feels to be copied firsthand and thus appreciates the tribulations facing designers to stand up for their IP rights.
"Over the years, Dids, at the helm of ACID, has created a strong and supportive design community and constantly and continuously campaigned for design law reform. Through ACID's benefit schemes, with the help of our legal affiliates, members have been supported to succeed against IP infringements, including successful mediations. Our ACID logo carries weight to it, to stamp the threat of deterrence against copycats and our ACID IP Databank ensures designers have 3rd party dated evidence.
"Our successful campaigns are supported by industry leaders and listened to by the Government. Our influence is due to the recognition of our unique knowledge and support from our designers' input, which we admire and appreciate."
Dids Macdonald, OBE., CEO of ACID, said, "I'm delighted to be honoured by such a prestigious organisation. Enterprise Nation is such a great resource for SMEs. By ensuring that IP creators continually have the best possible practical tips and advice ensures IP as a positive force for growth. Paramount is the need for strong protection in, sadly, a world of copycats, so IP knowledge is strength!"
"We would like to thank everyone who voted, we really appreciated your support. Also, a huge thank you to all our members and diverse creative designers who champion us and engage in our combined aims. The larger our community, the greater our voice is for positive change.
"We have recently launched the ACID IP Charter to further the aims of a united design community, asking people and businesses to stand up for respect, ethics, and compliance in the design industry. If you'd like to become a signatory, you can sign here. In early 2023, Dids will be in talks with the Government for the 2023 Design Consultation.
"We have asked for input from designers and created ACID's Top Ten suggestions to propose IP reform to the IPO. Created by designers, for designers. A large element of such suggestions is aimed at cracking down on David vs Goliath situations in our continued fight for lone, micro, and SME support against the behemoths. You can view our Top Ten here.
If you would like to know more about how being a member of ACID can benefit and strengthen your IP strategy, you can take a look here, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call our membership team on +44 (0)845 644 3617."