Blackburn commercial law specialists Taylors has helped furniture designer, Moda Furnishings win a design right claim
Manchester-based Moda Furnishings made its claim against Furniture Vault Limited and its director Paul Brightman after one of its best-selling and most innovative designs was copied by Furniture Vault.
Tony Catterall of Taylors, an affiliate lawyer with Anti Copying In Design (ACID), issued proceedings in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court on behalf of Moda, who demanded undertakings to discontinue the importation and sale of the infringing products, delivery up of residual stock and payment of compensation and costs.
But on the eve of Moda’s application for an interim injunction Furniture Vault and Brightman agreed to settle. They agreed the terms demanded by Moda, including payment of damages and payment of 100% of Moda’s costs.
Tony Catterall of Taylors said: “We are delighted to have been of assistance to Moda in achieving an early and complete settlement of this dispute. The ability to bring proceedings in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court at realistic cost and timescale gives ACID members the opportunity to protect their innovative designs without fear of disproportionate costs or an unacceptable timescale.”
Phil Lomax a director of Moda said: “We are delighted by the outcome achieved by Taylors as a result of this action. At Moda we take a great pride in the innovative nature of our products and invest considerably in the design of furniture ranges that distinguish Moda from others in the market. It is essential that we protect the integrity of our designs and I am pleased that Taylors have achieved a more than satisfactory settlement on our behalf.”
Dids Macdonald, OBE., CEO of ACID said, “IP Specialist Tony Catterall is a great resource for ACID members and I value his sage advice on effective ways to translate legal issues into commercial solutions in a timely manner. This is borne out of many years experience and knowledge of the sector”
With offices in Manchester and Blackburn, Taylors is a law firm specialising in all aspects of commercial law. The dynamic and highly experienced lawyers at Taylors are committed to providing the highest quality service through a real understanding of our clients’ needs, business priorities and specific requirements.
lors are committed to providing the highest quality service through a real understanding of their clients’ needs, business priorities and specific requirements.