Burgon & Ball wins alleged design rights battle

Burgon & Ball has had success challenging copyright issues after becoming members of the Anti Copying in Design (ACID) group.

A representative of the Sheffield-based garden tools manufacturer said:

"We're taking action where it happens. It happens a lot. We've had our brushes and home allotment planters copied. We seem to be the innovators and everyone keeps jumping on the bandwagon. We've taken people to court and won the battles and will carry on doing so."

The company challenged Proteam, Solus, Apollo and Greentree Garden Products over intellectual proprty rights to products in their Home Allotment range. The four companies agreed not to produce further lookalike products and to hand over stock.

ACID-accredited lawyers McDaniel & Co issued cease and desist letters.

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