Volume 6 Issue 3
Promoting excellence in interior design
At SBID we focus our energy and expertise on the issues that create threats and benefits to designers and manufacturers for the benefit of our members and the wider design community. One of the latest hot topics to come under our gaze is the subject of ideas theft, as you’ll discover in this issue. Intellectual property (IP) theft has serious repercussions, not only for designers who face a loss of revenue when their work is stolen, but also for the nation. Ideas theft is a doorway to a world of illegal production and distribution, disregard for safety standards, and tax avoidance; it has a widespread and negative impact.
Up to now, designers have largely felt powerless to act on IP theft but we’re set to change that. I’m extremely proud that SBID and IP experts TM-Eye have teamed up to create an exciting initiative with the cooperation of the City of London Police, Trading Standards and the Intellectual Property Office among others.
We’re also looking ahead to our annual 20:20 Meet the Buyer event, which takes place on 25 October. This year will see even more exhibitors meeting international designers for a day of face-to-face meetings and industry conferences at the iconic Dorchester Hotel in London.
I hope you enjoy this issue. As always, please do let us know if you have any comments or ideas for subjects you’d like us to cover; we’d love to hear from you.
Dr Vanessa Brady OBE