OBE for ACID co-founder Dids Macdonald
Dids Macdonald, Anti Copying in Design (ACID) ceo has been awarded an OBE for services to the design industry in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
‘I am immensely proud of this recognition and honoured to be awarded an OBE. This highlights the importance of intellectual property that underpins all successful design brands, of which there are so many within the furnishing industry. I am determined to continue to raise awareness about ACID’s ongoing campaign “Commission it, Don’t Copy it”,’ she says.
Before co-founding ACID in 1996 as a voluntary based round table action group to create a plan to help small companies conquer global copyists, Macdonald was a partner in a successful small company designing and producing decorative accessories, but with success came blatant copying every time a new product was launched and she nearly lost her business several times.
At the time there was no organisation to help designers protect their intellectual property.
ACID is now recognised as the leading UK design and Intellectual Property organisation, helping thousands of designers to protect their intellectual property. After ACID’s 15-year campaign, the Intellectual Property Act became laws on 1 October 2014, making the intentional infringement of a registered design a criminal offence.
‘We are delighted to hear the news of such an honour for Dids, which is well deserved as she has been totally dedicated to the cause of anti-copying for many years, campaigning for change which culminated in the Intellectual Property Act,’ says David Dewing, Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers master.
‘British investment in design must be protected, for the furnishing industry as well as others. Our designers are among the best in the world and copying is one of the biggest threats they face to their business. Dids and ACID are to be commended for the work they do to combat copying.’