Recent Enforcement Success
After more than 20 years, the "ONIX" trade mark was returned to Adam Worsfold in 2014 after a six year battle for illegal assignment. After successfully opposing the current assignment, the UK Intellectual Property Office ordered that the trade mark be returned to its rightful owner, Adam Worsfold.
What is Intellectual Property?
Intellectual Property is a company or individuals right to protect their investment in research and development, safety of manufacturing processes and associated trademarks that have created brand awareness for the consumer.
This is done by registering designs and trademarks (names) so that when people buy products they can be assured of a certain quality/safety and ethical existence.
Stealing Intellectual Property Rights
Using a name that is not yours is stealing a reputation that you didn't create and it is selling your product fraudulently - this is never acceptable. If you steal a design or copy a product that you did not develop or research, you are compromising the ability of designers to progress the world we live in by removing future research and development funds.
The above actions are normally carried out in China and in some cases, India. If you buy these fake products, you become as fake as the products themselves. You support crime and in some cases, child labour. You risk your own safety and that of your family. These products are always false economy, as the manufactures are clearly ashamed to use their own name or stand behind the product they make.