Topic: Copyright

Fonts are intellectual property too

You’ve invested time and money into designing your corporate logo, but have you remembered to obtain permission to use your selected typeface, asks John McCallum, managing director of Monotype Imaging In today’s competitive business world, one of the best ways to increase awareness of a company is via an instantly recognisable logo. That way, as soon as people think of a sector, they immediately picture the logo of the leading organisation. For example, most people who think of Barclays Bank can easily call to mind its logo of light blue writing over dark blue background. The same is true for...

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The IP Guide to… Industrial design

Industrial design brings together the aesthetics and the usability of mass produced products. These are engineered in order to improve their commercial appeal. Examples of famously successful industrially designed products include the Apple iPhone and the Bugatti Veyron car. The market in these goods is keenly competitive and growing all the time, particularly in the consumer electronics field. Protecting your IP rights is essential to ensure you make the most out of your design. There are various relevant IP rights. This guide will consider design rights and registered designs; copyright; patents; and trade marks Design You can protect property...

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I’m an artist – what do I need to know about IP?

As an artist, two types of intellectual property (IP) rights are of particular importance: copyright and design rights. An artist will also have moral rights to their work. Copyright Copyright protects the following categories of original artistic work: 1.      a graphic work, photograph, sculpture or collage; 2.      a work of architecture being a building or model of a building; or 3.      a work of artistic craftsmanship. These categories are relatively self-explanatory and cover works falling within the ordinary meaning of the words apart from ‘graphic work’ and ‘a work of artistic craftsmanship’, which require some further explanation. A ‘graphic...

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Architects Case Study

Case study: Bruce Bell, Wilson & Bell Architects and Designers   Company: Wilson & Bell Architects and Designers Established: 2002 Innovation: The Facit pre-fabricated timber building system Designer Bruce Bell and his business partner, architect Nick Wilson, first met while both working on a number of cutting-edge projects at Norman Fosters architectural practice in 2000, including the winning competition entry for the Greater London Authority building, the Millennium Footbridge and Norman Fosters’ own home in the south of France. Nick went on to work at Buschow Architects and MacCormac Jamieson Pritchard, while Bruce took time out to complete a masters at the Royal College of Art in London. It was there that he first experimented with the digital fabrication techniques that would, seven years later, become the Facit pre-fabricated timber building system.   ‘We spent many years in research and development (R&D) in house manufacturing technology before we finalised the materials for the Facit house-building system,’ says Bruce. ‘At the time of development, I was aware of the importance of IP to protect our innovations, particularly as we were planning to set up a company to produce and market the system. However, I realised that my IP strategy needed a bit of a rethink after visiting an IP advice session at Own-it, a couple of weeks ago, where I ran our proposed approach for registration and enforcement past the Own-it lawyers. Some...

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The Glossary of IP Terms was originally prepared by Sarah Andrew of Arts Council England. Appropriation (1) The first step in the act of theft e.g. ‘A person is guilty of theft if he dishonestly appropriates property belonging to another with the intention of permanently depriving the other of it.’ (1968 Theft Act) (2) An act of cultural practice, e.g. ‘Everyday life invents itself by poaching in countless ways on the property of others.’ (Michel de Certeau, The Practice of Everyday Life, 1984) Assignment Passing on the rights of an author/creator, usually for money, always in writing. Moral rights...

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